Yesterday, Joyce Walter, Director of Davison Health Center sent an all-campus email alerting the campus that DHC is moving forward with the search for a director of Survivor Advocacy and Community Education, ostensibly to replace Alysha Warren, who was the inaugural Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator/Therapist until she left Wesleyan earlier this fall.
Walter writes, “We value student input and hope to pack the room,” yet this announcement was sent just over 24 hours before the first presentation on Thursday, October 26 at 2:15 PM. This day-before notice seems suspect in context of past calls for student feedback in hiring/adminstrative decisions. For the past two years, Antonio Farias has sent the notice for the Title IX-mandated briefing on the Annual Report on Wesleyan’s Response to Sexual Violence at least one week in advance. And when the Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian position was being filled, the search team announced Open Forums for students to hear from the candidates at least 3 days in advance of the first forum.
The full text of the all-campus email, including all times and dates of the candidate presentations can be found below:
Hello Wes Students,
Four candidates are coming to campus to interview for the position of director of Survivor Advocacy and Community Education (SACE). The candidates will offer a 45 minute presentation to discuss “What does it mean to be a survivor advocate in a diverse environment”? We value student input and hope to pack the room.
Feel free to attend the presentations from 2:15-3:00 in the Downey House Lounge on the following dates:
Thursday, October 26
Friday, October 27
Monday, October 30
Monday, November 6
It’s helpful if you are able to make more than one session for comparison, but if you attend any session, please send feedback about the candidates directly to Joyce Walter firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 7.
Thank you for your time and consideration.