It would be irresponsible for us to attempt to facilitate these conversations, for which we do not have the qualifications or experience.
If Ms. Collado was such a strong candidate, the search committee and the board had a responsibility to be forthcoming regarding this issue from her past.
In the end, then, the question is whether Collado’s presidency is going to open the door to sexual abuse, especially of vulnerable people, on this campus.
The case is undoubtedly complex, meaning our response must be complex and nuanced as well. Anything less would be a moral failure on the part of the campus community.
Hiring a president in total secrecy isn’t just unfair to the campus — it’s unfair to the president, who comes into office crippled by the community’s lack of ownership in the decision.
Ithaca College cannot expect us to trust therapists and medical staff with our most painful traumas if, when we have something inconvenient to say, we are immediately dismissed.