We are trying to hire a Director of Equal Opportunity, Access and Title IX Coordination because we have to. Very few colleagues seem to care or understand the power of the person in this position. And it’s probably the most crucial thing happening on campus right now.
I watched the videos of all three candidate talks, and I’m very worried. One of the candidates rattled on and on about the usual intersectionality and microaggressions claptrap. The second candidate was all about how businesses are going to dominate all public schools anyway, so let’s make it all convenient for them. I think she understands “access” as giving big business access to dominating the campus.
The third candidate gave me hope because she actually talked about the true meaning of access and equal opportunity, which, in my view, is about the rights of the disabled. The other two candidates didn’t even mention the disabled at all.
I’ll let you know which candidate wins but I’m afraid that the champion of the rights of the disabled stands no chance.