Hampshire College questioned about layoff process

Hampshire County

Two local politicians are asking Hampshire College for more transparency during the recent layoff process. The college announced last month that layoffs will be made in April and the Controversy continues.

Hampshire College President Mariam Nelson responded to a letter that was sent to her by Representative Mindy Domb and Senator Jo Comerford about the recent layoff announcement.

The joint letter said that Nelson mischaracterized their initial meeting about the college’s layoff announcement. The letter was published on their social media accounts.

Both the senator and representative want the staff who are being laid off to receive a responsible severance package.

They also want to see better communication with staff and faculty during the layoff process.

Nelson responded to their letter, saying she apologizes if there was any miscommunication and that their goal is to have Hampshire college remain independent. She said they are looking to retain as many jobs as they can while the school struggles financially.

Hampshire College announced nine staff members will be laid off in April.

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