The Oberlin Review

Specific Administrator Could Aid Diversity

Kameron Dunbar, Contributing Writer

April 21, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Last week, the Review’s Editorial Board posited that the Stragetic Plan Implementation Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s suggestion to add a chief diversity officer as “a roundabout way of handling the College’s diversity issues that would ultimately prove ineffective.” As a former member of SPIDIE, I shared similar concerns at the time of  drafting, but my time working with the implementation group laid bare to me the necessity of someone with the dedication and administrative capacity to handle issues of diversity and inclusion. When I left SPIDIE, it was composed of high-level administrators, well-respected faculty members, College staff and students whose goal was to collect...

Administrative Turnover Stalls Plan Implementation

Administrative Turnover Stalls Plan Implementation

April 21, 2017

With significant turnover in senior administrative positions at the end of this year, faculty members are navigating different avenues of maintaining the Strategic Plan implementation committees’ goals during a major transitional period. Wednesday's faculty meeting opened with President Marvin Krislov's announcement that Vice President and General Counsel Sandhya Subramanian will depart Oberlin at the end of the semester to serve as Dartmouth College's general counsel next year. With Krislov...

Administrative Bloat Evades Real Issue

Editorial Board

April 14, 2017

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The General Faculty Committee considered recommendations for implementation from the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion working group today, including a suggestion to create a new “Chief Diversity Officer” administrative position. Though well intentioned, adding yet another six-figure administrative job seems like a roundabout way of handling the College’s diversity issues that would ultimately prove ineffective. SPIDIE’s logic follows that Oberlin has previously experimented with creating leadership roles that address compositional diversity like a special assistant to the president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and should continue to do so. Seeking to expand...

SPIDIE Issues Recommendations on School Diversity

Louis Krauss, News editor

April 7, 2017

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Looking to revamp the College’s policies on diversity requirements, the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, or SPIDIE, will present its recommendations to general faculty for approval Wednesday. The hope is that administrators will begin discussing the recommendations if general faculty groups respond positively at Wednesday’s meeting, but SPIDIE members remain unsure if that will happen. This early draft of recommendations outlines, in broad terms, how the school can increase compositional diversity in the student body and faculty in upcoming years, as well as how to better support marginalized groups on campus. Some significant changes proposed include hiring a chief diversit...

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