Former VP for Equity & Inclusion Antonio Farias and Interim VP for Equity & Inclusion Debbie Colucci
On Thursday, September 20th, Dean Mike Whaley sent an email out to the student body with an update on Wesleyan’s search for a new Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, following the departure of Antonio Farias last May when he accepted a job at the University of Florida. Whaley’s email announces that he and Professor Nicole Stanton will chair the search committee to replace Farias, and that they would like input from the student body on our “aspirations for the position.” They will be hosting a “group visioning exercise” for the job position description this Thursday in Usdan.
During his tenure on campus, Farias was a controversial figure among the student body. His job was to oversee the Office of Equity and Inclusion, whose mission is to “[provide] leadership and accountability to resolve systemic inequities for all members of the Wesleyan community.” Despite this lofty description, events on campus in the past few years repeatedly led students to call the priorities of Dean Farias into question.
The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, with the support of the Center for Community Partnerships, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, is sponsoring a free showing of Selma, followed by a short talk by Ben Jackson, a veteran of the Selma demonstrations, and a discussion of the film led by members of The Ankh.
The event will be held at 7:45 PM on Monday, February 9 at Metro Movies 12 in downtown Middletown. Tickets are free but required. They are extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis from Sara Wadlow in Allbritton 116 at the following times:
3 PM – 5 PM on Wednesday, 2/4
9 AM – 5 PM on Thursday, 2/5
9 AM – 1 PM on Friday, 2/6
9 AM – 5 PM on Monday, 2/9
Date: Monday, February 9
Time: 7:45 PM
Place: Metro Movies (140 main Street)
From the flawless Yatta Zoker ’14:
The Office of Equity and Inclusion is looking for a new Dwight Greene ‘70 Oral History Intern.
The Oral History Project is dedicated to collecting the stories of Wesleyan alumni. As an intern, you are responsible for reaching out to alumni of color and interviewing them about their experiences and moments that defined their time at Wesleyan. All interviews are video or voice recorded with the interviewee’s consent.
This paid internship requires about four hours a week. We are looking for someone who is an independent worker, creative, and of course, interested in oral history! If you would like to apply for this position or would like to see some of our recent work, please email Yatta Zoker ’14 (yzoker[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) or Noor Tell ’14 (ntell[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) by April 4th.
Past interviewees include: Joyce Hall ‘78, Daphne Kwok ‘84, Janina Montero, Alford Young ‘88, Marina Melendez ‘83, Kora Shin ‘10, Ola Odalopoyin ‘14, Mariama Eversley ‘14.
Date: Now until April 4th