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Dr. Rachel PettyDear University Community,

As part of my ongoing commitment to provide transparent communications about changes at the University, I am writing to inform you that on Wednesday night the University’s Board of Trustees voted to abolish 69 faculty and staff positions and – over the course of the next several days – eliminate an additional 28 staff positions.   The Board’s action is detailed here:

In implementing the Board’s decision, we are committed to treating all of our employees with dignity, respect and fairness.   Unit supervisors are contacting employees affected by position abolishments over the next several days and will provide information about severance packages and separation benefits.  Please feel free to visit the Frequently Asked Questions page we’ve established on our official website:

We value the contributions of all of our employees, and as we go through the next few days and weeks, I want you to know that the full force of the District’s resources will be available to assist displaced employees.  Our Office of Human Resources will be distributing information connecting displaced employees with outplacement, resume building and other services available through the Department of Employment Services and other agencies.

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.

Undoubtedly, the next several weeks will be stressful and may create feelings of uncertainty for remaining faculty, students and staff members.    I encourage you to reach out to department heads with any questions about the position eliminations.  In addition, the University’s Counseling and Student Development Center is available to help the community cope with feelings of anxiety or stress.  You may make an appointment at 202.274.6000.

As always, I am available to answer any questions you may have.  I hope to greet you in personal visits to many units soon. 


Rachel M. Petty, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer