Patricia Rodriguez said she decided to organize the event because of what is at stake under the Trump administration.
Natalia Serna also known by her stage name, “La Muna,” said she hopes her performances in Ithaca helped educate locals about the lives of immigrants.
We call on the administration to ensure that adjunct faculty per-credit pay for teaching is equitably based on that of full-time contingent faculty.
“Aliens with Extraordinary Skills,” which will be performed at Ithaca College from Nov. 4 to 12 in the Earl McCarroll Studio in Dillingham Center.
Faculty and staff presented a letter to the Board of Trustees at its May 19 reception, asking the board to conduct a performance review of provost Benjamin Rifkin.
“I do feel they’re important,” Earle said. “I think it’s a good first step. In some ways, the problems we had, like the staff had, are some of the same problems that I think we’re going to have with diversity and inclusion.”
During the Fall 2015 semester, colleges and universities across the country were rocked by student protests addressing racial tensions on campuses. Ithaca College was also affected by these issues, and it is among many other institutions that are now trying to heal their communities while also facing losses in enrollment and retention.
INSIGHT Into Diversity, a magazine dealing with diversity leadership on college campuses, published short statements provided by the two in the April print issue and online in March.
“We need to think of the problems in greater depth and perhaps move to take some steps together,” Rodriguez said. “But most of what came out was — in essence — is the need to come together for more conversations like this.”
In Fall 2015, Ithaca College set a timeline for addressing issues regarding diversity and campus climate. Although the plan covers a timeline of roughly 2 1/2 years, Roger Richardson, associate provost of diversity, inclusion and engagement and interim chief diversity officer, said it is not realistic for all deadlines to be made.
“In conversations about the next IC president, around three-fourths of the people I speak to refer to the next president as ‘he,’” SGA President Dominick Recckio said. “This is an issue that exists within our consciousness that we need to address.”