The University of the District of Columbia, a historically Black educational institution in our nation’s capital, has announced that it has eliminated 69 faculty and staff positions and that an additional 28 staff positions would be cut over the next several days. The cuts are projected to save the university $8.5 million annually.
“This is a very painful time for our University community,” said Board Chair Dr. Elaine A. Crider. “We realize these actions impact peoples’ lives. The University values the contributions of all of our employees; however, these cuts are necessary in order to position the University to better serve its economic and educational mandates to the District of Columbia.” Dr. Crider added, “None of these actions will have an impact on student services. These job actions are cuts that are necessary to help the University live within its means. What will not change, however, is our dedication to serving students and the District.”
Dr. Rachel M. Petty, who is now the chief operating officer of the university, issued a statement which read in part, “I don’t have to tell you that these are very trying times for all of us, most acutely, of course, our departing colleagues. I trust that the community will unite to assist them toward a new and rewarding future while also focusing on strengthening and sustaining UDC for the long term. Our foremost goal is to fulfill our mission to meet the needs of our students and the city.”