The womxn in the right of the photo is my stand-in mom, award winning teacher, writer, & scholar, Karma Waltonen. As a teaching faculty, she is at risk of being laid off (and is still without contract). This is the womxn who has taught me in classes multiple times, has stood by my side when my family didn’t, and has cared unconditionally for her students for over 22 years. A June 30th lay-off means that my school doesn’t care about the faculty that wake up every day with the intent of teaching and caring for their students. We are a community, and people like Karma Waltonen are the reason why.