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Another Evergreen professor resigns in the wake of campus tensions and protests

Students gather in Red Square for the Re-Convocation Rally at The Evergreen State College in Olympia in September.
Students gather in Red Square for the Re-Convocation Rally at The Evergreen State College in Olympia in September. Olympian file photo

Another professor at The Evergreen State College has resigned after allegations of racism and intolerance erupted into protests on the Olympia campus last spring.

Naima Lowe, a media arts professor, resigned Dec. 6, according to Evergreen spokesman Zach Powers. Lowe had been on personal leave since the beginning of the school year because of “online attacks on her (that) have multiplied through the summer,” according to a letter to faculty in September.

Powers said the resignation was a condition of a settlement Lowe reached with the college. She will receive $240,000, which includes final wages and attorney fees, to settle a tort claim she filed claiming discrimination and a hostile work environment, according to Powers.

Lowe is only the latest Evergreen employee to leave.

Last month, the college announced Rashida Love, director of the First Peoples Advising Services, had resigned. Emails between Love and professor Bret Weinstein about the college’s annual Day of Absence/Day of Presence fueled tensions last spring and pulled Evergreen into a national debate over free speech and institutional racism on college campuses.

Weinstein and Heather Heying, his wife and a fellow Evergreen professor, filed a $3.85 million tort claim in July alleging the college failed to “protect its employees from repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence.” They then resigned in September as part of a settlement with the college in which they received $450,000 plus $50,000 for legal fees.

Stacy Brown, Evergreen’s police services chief who also was a target of protesters, left in August to become a Tumwater police officer.

Abby Spegman: 360-704-6869, @AbbySpegman

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