Ithaca College President Shirley M. Collado announced that Roger Richardson will no longer hold the interim chief diversity officer position.
Swensen said he thinks it is a good idea to delay the search until Collado’s arrival, especially considering her experience with diversity initiatives.
There have been some delays in implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives at Ithaca College, including the establishment of a community review board, the creation of a body camera policy and the release of the results of the external review of the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management.
The Ithaca College Office of Public Safety is heading into the implementation phase of some key initiatives promised last year, spurred by student protests regarding the racial climate on campus.
Just four questions were asked during the Q&A portion of a diversity and inclusion panel held Sept. 13. Among them was an anonymously submitted question about how the administration would continue to prioritize these initiatives amid high administrative turnover.
Ithaca College has joined a growing list of colleges and universities that offer designated “safe spaces” for members of the campus community. The creation of this space at the college, called the “multicultural student lounge,” comes as institutions across the nation are debating what these spaces are and what their place is in higher education.
Ithaca College held a community gathering to discuss the violent tragedies that took place in the world over the summer and to foster a sense of togetherness among the college community.
The Ithaca College administration took a different approach to the biannual All-College Meeting on Aug. 18. Instead of the traditional meeting structure consisting of updates on the budget, enrollment data or upcoming initiatives, President Tom Rochon focused on two “commitments” to the campus community — diversity and inclusion, and shared governance.
Ithaca College has set a date range for administering its second campus climate survey, which will assess how the community feels about living and learning at the institution.