The Oberlin Review

Search for MRC Director Continues as Candidates Visit College

Search for MRC Director Continues as Candidates Visit College

December 12, 2015

Only three candidates remain in the search for the new director of the Multicultural Resource Center. The first candidate to visit was Dr. Carmen Phelps, the director of Student Engagement for the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership at Temple University and author of the 2012 book, Visionary Women Writers of Chicago’s Black Arts Movement. A native of Ferguson, MO, Phelps produces multicultural and social justice programs and advocates for Temple’s student bo...

Students Assist in MRC Director Search

Students Assist in MRC Director Search

September 18, 2015

With the recent departure of its former director, the Multicultural Resource Center is on the lookout for a new supervisor — a selection process that many students hope will yield a more suitable leader than the previous one. This time around, selecting a candidate capable of supporting the goals of the Center will in part be up to the students. Two listening sessions launched a series of discussions designed to assess how students interpret the traits and responsibilities necessary of a capable...

Committee Begins Search for New MRC Director

Melissa Harris

September 4, 2015

A search committee comprised of faculty, staff and students will meet for the first time this week to kick off the hunt for a new director of the Multicultural Resource Center. Former Associate Dean for Academic Diversity Director Alison Williams left her post at Oberlin College to take on the role of associate provost for diversity and intercultural education at Denison University earlier this summer. Williams began her tenure at Oberlin in September 2012. “The thing that we’re most excited about in the search is the opportunity to hear what students are interested in and what their priorities are for the director of the Center,” said Kristen Surla, Asian and Pacific Islander Diaspora Community Coordinator. Dean...

MRC Searches for New LGBTQ Coordinator

Elizabeth Dobbins, News Editor

April 17, 2015

The Multicultural Resource Center is in the midst of a nearly semester-long search for a new LGBTQ Community Coordinator after the previous coordinator, Danielle Stevens, left the position at the end of last semester. Alison Williams, director of the MRC, said the candidate search committee plans to announce the new LGBTQ Coordinator by the last day of classes, although the unpredictable nature of candidate searches may push this date back. “You can’t always predict how [candidate searches] go, so we have a timeline that’s our goal, but people can drop out of the search, people can turn down your offer, there’s some negotiations that sometimes happen,” Williams said. The job posting describes community...

Feature Photo: March 4

Feature Photo: March 4

March 6, 2015

Associate Dean Pablo Mitchell and Professors of Comparative American Studies Afia Ofori-Mensa and Shelley Lee discuss the second anniversary of March 4, 2013 at an event sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center on Thursday. Two years ago, the Oberlin administration canceled classes and held solidarity events in response to several anonymous racist messages posted online and around campus, as well as a reported sighting of a person in KKK regalia. “The sit-in in the Science Center that...

Conservatory Council Promotes Student Wellness

Conservatory Council Promotes Student Wellness

September 19, 2014

The recently-revived Conservatory Council of Students will launch a number of initiatives this year, joining forces with the administration in an attempt to foster a more welcoming environment within the Conservatory. The Council, which was dormant for nearly a decade prior to its reinstatement in May, will focus on three different initiative programs that fall under the categories: health & wellness, community outreach and professional development. In collaboration with the Multicultural...

After Years of Growth, MRC Revamps Office Space

After Years of Growth, MRC Revamps Office Space

September 12, 2014

The College renovated and expanded the Multicultural Resource Center this summer, providing more meeting spaces and individual offices in a response to the Center’s increased use over the past several years. “In general, we’re hoping we’re able to use it as a meeting space in a more efficient way,” said Alison Williams, associate dean for academic diversity and director of the MRC. The MRC, which serves as a collaborative hub for historically underrepresented communities,...

Allyship Training Overdue

Tyler Sloan, Sports Editor

September 12, 2014

In what has been an important step in the right direction for Oberlin College Athletics this fall, the department required all fall varsity athletes to attend a two-hour trans allyship workshop for the first time during preseason in late August. Student facilitators from the Multicultural Resource Center conducted the workshops, which included lessons about distinguishing sex from gender and equipped student-athletes with other valuable tools regarding allyship, such as sharing different types of gender pronouns. One of the most intriguing parts of these workshops was the relatively even spread of questions coming from seniors to first-years. Though they came from various classes, student-athletes inquired with an earnest desire...

Administration Begins Implementation of Several Working Group Proposals

Oliver Bok

September 20, 2013

The Oberlin administration is incrementally implementing many of the proposals put forward by student working groups in the wake of the bias incidents last spring. Although several of the proposals have been accepted, several remain to be seen. In response to the student proposals, the administration agreed to construct a new fitness center in the southwest basement area of South Hall. Vice President and Dean of Students Eric Estes described the new gym as being in the “planning stages” and said that he hoped the facility would be ready for use by the end of the semester. “There were a lot of conversa- tions last semester about mental health and wellness on campus. Exercise is a huge part of that, so [not...

Working Groups Present Proposals, Again

Madeline Stocker, Staff Writer

May 3, 2013

Oberlin community members gathered at Wilder Hall last Sunday, April 28, for a presentation of proposals from six different student working groups. The groups, which represented the Conservatory, the Natural Sciences, the Athletics department, documentation and communication, as well as training, workshops and curriculum at Oberlin, grew from the Multicultural Resource Center retreat in late February. During the plethora of meetings at Afrikan Heritage House on March 4, the working groups collectively decided to adapt themselves to a specific type of institutional change, one that centered on diversity, social justice and inclusion at Oberlin College. The working groups met daily during the following weeks, with...

Queerfest Events Kick Off

Madeline Stocker

April 5, 2013

Over the next four weeks, campus will be home to a variety of workshops, art exhibits and guest speakers as part of Queerfest, an annual celebration of LGBTQ identities. This year’s events, which began April 1 and will conclude May 5, serve as an outlet for students to engage with the many facets of queer communities on campus. Coordinated by numerous campus LGBTQ organizations and individual students, as well as by the Multicultural Resource Center staff, the festival’s events cover a range of topics including a panel discussing the sexuality of pop-culture boy bands, an art exhibit featuring body modification and an international festival of queer tango — all focused on providing students with a deeper engagement...

Conditions That Led to Incidents Should Be Challenged

Members of the Oberlin Asian/Pacific American Alumni Association

March 15, 2013

As members of the Oberlin Asian/Pacific American Alumni Association spanning the past four decades, we join other alumni in expressing shock, disappointment and outrage over the events of bigotry and prejudice that have plagued the campus over the past several weeks. Not only do these abhorrent acts of hate lie in stark contrast with the community standards, mission and history of Oberlin, but they threaten the collective safety and wellbeing of a diverse community, which continues to be committed to creating a just world. First, we write to express our solidarity with the students who spoke out and held the institution to account: Continue to be bold; we stand with you. Seek comfort in the fact that you will emerge...

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