President Rodin's Response to the Committee

The following response was sent on March 30 by Dr. Judith Rodin to Dr. Howard Kunreuther.

*Click here for Kunreuther's letter (Ad Hoc Committe Reccomendations) to Judith Rodin.

I very much appreciate the Ad-Hoc Committee on Sweatshop Labor's quick attention and recommendations on the recent letters from the FLA and the WRC. I agree with the committee's assessments of the FLA and WRC responses and I have written the enclosed letters* to each group reflecting this. Included in my letter to the WRC is an explicit request that Penn be permitted to send a PSAS student observer and a staff observer to present the University's point of view at the founding conference on April 7. I particularly hope that the WRC will permit a student from PSAS to participate in the conference considering the significant role that Penn students played in raising national consciousness on the issue of sweatshop labor. I also included an explicit request in the FLA's letter to give Penn the opportunity to present at the organization's April board meeting. I hope to receive a positive letter from each organization.

I also agree with the committee's recommendation that I quickly form the Committee on Manufacturer Responsibility. I will form the committee before the end of the semester. However, when I receive responses from the FLA and WRC to the enclosed letters, sent today, I would like the Ad-Hoc Committee on Sweatshop Labor to reconvene in its current form to determine whether the results of the respective April meetings meet our request for balanced representation of colleges and universities on their governing board and determine if we should join either group.. I then would like the Ad-Hoc Committee to hold the transitional meeting you suggest with the new Committee on Manufacturer Responsibility.

Many thanks to you and the committee for your commitment and thoughtfulness on this important issue.


*Ed. Note: President Judith Rodin's latest letters to the FLA and the WRC are available here.


Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 27, April 4, 2000

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