It is fantastic to see that students are making their voices heard and that the college is listening.
The POC at IC group has announced “demand sessions” for Nov. 3 and 6 where participants will share their grievances about Ithaca College and the administration, and answer questions regarding the vote of no confidence for President Tom Rochon organized by the Student Government Association.
A substantial portion of the campus community witnessed the powerful escalation of the “Addressing Community Action on Racism and Cultural Bias” event Oct. 27. Students, faculty, staff and administrators understood there would be a big event. They understood there would be a potential for controversy. But perhaps nobody understood what the event would be — and what it should be — better than the POC at IC group.
As evidenced by the hypocrisy present in the differences between the administration’s responses to the racism in the Alpha Epsilon Pi party dress code and the racist comments made at the Blue Sky Reimagining Kick-Off event, it is no secret that the college has some work to do when it comes to issuing public statements.
Following rallies about the racial climate on campus, Ithaca College will hold an event titled “Addressing Community Action on Racism and Cultural Bias,” which aims to list possible actions about this issue that could be undertaken immediately.
Members of the POC at IC group assembled around 8 a.m. today at the Dillingham Fountains chanting “Tom Rochon; no confidence.” “No more dialogue; we want action,” as they awaited tour groups of prospective students and their parents as part of the Ithaca College Fall Open House.
Eighteen members of the POC at IC group met at 8 a.m. Oct. 23 with President Tom Rochon and Benjamin Rifkin, provost and vice president of educational affairs, to discuss “action-oriented goals” proposed by Rochon in response to the Oct. 21 protest.