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Posted on behalf of Roger "Doc" Richardson, Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Dear campus community,

As the 2016 spring semester begins and we celebrate the Martin Luther King holiday, it offers us a prime opportunity for reflection, renewal, and action. It enables us to think about the current social and racial issues we face and how we can come together to improve relationships.  It also provides a time to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. His contributions continue to inspire our work and offer us the opportunity to build upon the civil and human rights work he dedicated his life to and gave his life for.

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Posted on behalf of Roger "Doc" Richardson, Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Dear campus community,

As I walk across the Ithaca College campus, going from meeting to meeting or stopping to take a break for lunch, the opportunity to engage in brief conversations with students, faculty and staff members willing to dialogue about their impressions regarding the climate on campus has been most informative. The insightfulness of these recent conversations has been illuminating — and upon reflection, somewhat disturbing.  

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Posted on behalf of Roger "Doc" Richardson, Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Dear campus community,
 
As I write this, the tragic events in Paris and Mali, and the recent loss of our Ithaca College student, Shannon Sakosits, are still fresh on my mind. As a result, I find myself thinking a lot lately about the relationship between losing something or someone that is dear to me and having to live with a new reality. I have lost a number of loved ones during my time here at IC; as I have gained more clarity about my personal and professional life, the realities of loss and change have become more apparent.

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Posted on behalf of Roger "Doc" Richardson.

Greetings to the campus community,

By now most of you are aware of my recent appointment as the interim chief diversity officer. I assumed this new leadership role with mixed emotions as I have witnessed IC students raise serious questions about Ithaca College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Most of you are also aware that the college has made a declaration of numerous plans and initiatives to address these questions, which can be viewed at ithaca.edu/diversity. I will share a few updates on some of those plans below.

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Today I am announcing the creation of a new position at Ithaca College: Chief Diversity Officer. The position, which will report directly to me, will provide clear leadership and ownership over the implementation of our ongoing work to improve our campus's racial climate and build a culture that lives up to its values of civility, mutual respect, and...

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