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Protect Our Students Rally

July 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Will you help the Negotiating Team by standing with them before they go into their negotiating session on Thursday, July 2nd? We need you there from 1 – 2 pm. 

We are asking that you help demonstrate our collective strength and resolve by congregating at the northeast side of the Student Union, at the entrance closest to Buchtel Hall (this is the entrance both teams use to enter the building). Ward 8 Council Representative Shammas Malik is our featured speaker, and you’ll also hear from Chapter President Pam Schulze and Katie Stoynoff, our Chief Negotiator. 

Wear your Akron-AAUP t-shirts (or white or yellow clothing). Wear your AAUP buttons if you have them; we’ll have some available at the event. We will have Akron-AAUP t-shirts available for a $10 suggested donation. Feel free to bring signs with words of encouragement for the team, or use ours.

A color version for printing on white paper

A B&W version to be printed on yellow paper 

In light of the health risks of gathering in large groups, we ask that you please maintain a safe distance from each other,  at least six feet, and wear masks. We request that you leave a clear path for both teams to walk through. Please also note that the Student Union is not accessible for use by anyone except the negotiating teams —  you will not be permitted to enter the building for any reason.

This rally is intended to express support for our negotiating team as they work to protect students and keep academics at the core of the University’s mission.  Please keep any comments you make, either orally or on a placard, positive and respectful.  We ask that you not direct any expressions of hostility or disdain toward the University’s negotiating team as they enter the building.

Bring a friend, share on social media, be there in support of our students, and thank you in advance for spreading the word to your colleagues — we need your help

Can’t attend in real life, but still want to show your support? Join us virtually by posting a picture of yourself with one of our signs (or make your own) on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. So that it will be seen across all of our social media sites, please use the hashtags: #protectourstudents, #Faculty4Students, #ISupportMyNT and #AkronAAUPSolidarity. Feel free to come up with some of your own hashtags and posts to use as well!  Don’t forget to tag us in your post with @akronaaup so it shows up on our pages.

Always remember that our power comes from standing together.



July 2
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Pam Schulze


Outside Student Union – entrance nearest Buchtel Hall
Akron, OH 44325 United States + Google Map