Update from the President

Dear Pioneers,

I hope you all had a great Fall Break! Below you will find information on the Environmental Affairs Symposium and the SAAB Grants Assistant position.

Best,
Adam Fractor
ASLC President

Environmental Affairs Symposium

Next week, the 19th Annual Environmental Affairs Symposium will take place fromOctober 18th to the 20th. This year’s focus is Equity and Earth: Intersections of Social Justice and Environment. Here is a description from the Lewis & Clark College website:

“Some of the most pressing issues of our time concern uneven access to the elements of a good life, including security, employment, education, access to resources, and relative freedom from environmental threats. Addressing the interwoven social, political, and biophysical actors and processes that frame these inequities requires a thoughtful environmentalism, one that allows humans their place in “the environment.” Some facets of modern environmental thinking, such as the environmental justice movement, have emphasized issues of equity, most notably in relation to the distribution of environmental goods and burdens. But many other connections are ripe for fuller exploration.

This year’s symposium highlights intersections between issues of social justice and environment, probing the emphases and gaps in scholarship and activism. Through a keynote dialog and three panels, we will consider questions such as: What and whose priorities have been foregrounded as modern environmentalism has taken shape, and whose interests have been overlooked? How does crisis illuminate the vulnerabilities and inequities in our communities and institutions? How are aims for improving quality of life for citizens around the globe best achieved, and how can well-intentioned efforts sometimes go astray?”

SAAB Grants Director Assistant Position

The SAAB Grants Department is looking for someone to fill the Program Assistant position. As an assistant to SAAB you will receive a stipend of $150 per semester. The assistant will be responsible for recording and distributing grant meeting minutes, publicizing SAAB’s programs and activities through social media, and assisting the director of representatives. This opportunity will further administrative skills and students’ on campus leadership experience. Please contact saabgrants@lclark.edu if you are interested. Please be prepared to interview for the position.

Notes from the First Forum

Notes from the First Forum

October 2, 2015

Compiled by Nathaniel Hamlett and Carlton Bone

Guidelines 

  1. 1 diva 1 mic
  2. Move up move up
  3. No one knows everything together we know a lot
  4. We can’t be articulate all the time
  5. Intent vs. impact
  6. Expect and accept a lack of closure
  7. Practice Self-Care

Acknowledged the limitations of the space (council chambers is a formal setting)

3 minute time limit

Received a lot of questions Surrounding the Reed LC incident

Spent times isolation themes:

  1. How can we better demystify rape culture (more about responsible community members than focusing on an isolated case)

Introduction of Melissa Osmond

Tenets of her job:

1) Prevention and Education

2) Response

7 confidential advocates on campus that can be reached out to

Faculty members need to provide support

Cannot stigmatize men and women who have survived rape or sexual assault

To an extent men (the power majority) must be allies and shoulder the burden of a more inclusive community

Acknowledging the normalization of heterosexuality

MALE PRIVILEGE

Realize sense of entitlement

Women cannot be objects of sexual fulfillment/objectification

Coalescence of race issues and sexual issues

Worst mass shooting in the state of OR 9 people dead (Umpqua)

Reference their native origins and their subsequent subjugation

You don’t get to today without genocide

Obama— “sickness of the mind” as well as shooting by men even further white man

Change starts right here

Hold ourselves accountable

Questions:

Mixed feelings on the message of ASLC

Some are glad that what information was said was said

ASLC set one narrative and essentially condemned that student

Decidedly one-sided perspective

Don’t forget the witnesses who were forced to watched their peer exposed to excessive force

Daniela:

ASLC informed nearly simultaneously of the two incidents

ASLC has a prerogative to inform the students of issues of hate and bias Needed to send something to the student body

Acknowledging the history between LC and Reed

Drafted collaboratively by Cabinet

In the future… We are going to ask more

We did a good job with what we had and performed under duress

We can always do more

What are concrete steps that result in an increase in accountability for the ASLC and the administration?

There are spaces where people can go and vent… and these are the student unions

If the ASLC is supposed to report instances of hate and bias why didn’t they address race in the first place?

So much pressure put onto the various student unions… needs to be give and take with other parts of the community

Lack of institutional transparency

Why is it up to ASLC who is comprised of the students to provide the majority of the information?

Wall of bureaucracy shielding us from information

Kathy Title IX coordinator

Title IX is a federal law that provides equal educational ground based on sex, gender, race, or whatever

Tension between letting something be student and ‘not getting things done enough’

A lot we literally cannot share

Everything cannot be shed

Administrators are not malicious… want to foster/foment openness

Ambiguity in what the real relationship between the staff and the student body

Salient separation between students towards administrators

Only time we talked about sexual misconduct was when something went wrong…

We need to create some formal capacity for discourse

More administration representation than just Harold (an Advisor) at ASLC meetings

Someone with the Dean/ President’s Ear

What is LC’s policy when people off campus are confronted with sexual abuse/harassment

Look to possible changes to campus security

FERPA protection of your rights as a student

It is not your right to know the whole story

We must acknowledge and respect varying perspectives

As peers and students we need to be cognizant of the rumor mill —> game of telephone

FERPA applies off campus (the inference being campus safety will help you in a jam off campus?)

Administration isn’t trying to hide… their hands are tied (tricky legally)

If you hear vitriolic things it’s your onus as a student to make sure people are disseminating accurate information.

Students of Reed are highly concerned about the issues of sexual misconduct and the racial components, as well as to how we treat their campus

*Can’t forget it took Reed to got us to acknowledge the racial aspect of the issues. (They had the first race-based inquiry)

Reed wants change and investigation and in-depth thought

At Reed their talks were oriented to a certain extent on excessive force

No public/campus safety person in the room at the time of the discussion we are having right now.

What if this happened on our campus?

There are always people on campus who are concerned with your safety

Problem lies less with transparency but more with trust

Do student trust in the system? Are they wholly advocating for you?

Some faculty (not all) will not go to bat for students

We aren’t sure as to the concrete steps but there is a tangible feel of malcontent

Big issue: The lack of support

Sexual misconduct is indubitably wrong yet…

Students came back traumatized

Didn’t see the Student Gov’t and admin looking to support those students

Individuals are distraught and feel abandoned

Real question: There are all of these supposed faculty outlets but students are still feeling decidedly alone

We are all part of the community and we cannot be afford to be stratified

Everyone needs to be accountable

Neutrality can be negative

This is the first time we’ve met tot talk about these issues

2/3 of my friends have been sexually “abused”

This is a nationwide issue Lewis and Clark is merely a microcosm

These issues are present in our community

Motif of lack of communication and methods of communing

Some faculty did not know what happened as they didn’t get the email from ASLC

Admin was constrained and didn’t feel like they could send that information

Applaud the BSU for acknowledging race in the initial email

ASLC did not acknowledge this;

ASLC is 0-3 and it feels like information has been purposefully withheld from students

Students just want to be aware

Students aren’t informed enough to engage in any discourse regarding the issue of race

Admin are people too

i.e. I am more than just an area director, but a women of color who empathizes with students

Campus Living -à if anyone is there for you its those 5 AD’s and a grad assistant

How do we do something when it feels like we can do nothing?

The weight of the duality of being emotionally tethered but legally bound

No source of objective information from the pio log

We only talk when there’s a crisis

I’ve been here 3 years but each year people are surprised when issues occur

RA’s are for sure with you

Walk the Talk

Turnover is an issue

Decided lack of tangible change in conjunction with turnover create immense difficulties

Not to take anyone off the hook but to acknowledge

Hate and bias and sexual conduct policies have been affected by the student body/government and in recent history —> everyone needs to be accountable

Hate and bias clause was instituted

In a situation belonging to an individual student they said: ‘The support of the faculty was there but was non existent on the campus safety level’

1st response needs to be looked at

I need people to look like me to be my advocates

Faculty diversity is crucial

Just because we are a school in pdx doesn’t mean we have to mirror their demographics

Student body needs to unite

While I’d love faculty members, I need to receive solace from my peers

Community “is really awesome”

Doing their best to create a safe space

*After going over the pio log*

Didn’t mention that 11 cops surrounded him

Didn’t mention that he was begging for water

I don’t feel safe in this country

It effectively says “You don’t matter”

8 cops on campus just last night and students felt extremely unsafe and were disconcerted

People keep forgetting that this is happening but at this very second people are being abused

Speaking about the email sent

Primary objective was to inform

Not trying to shirk the responsibilities or make excuses

Everything heard was disparate and inconclusive

Reed Student body reached out multiple times to allow the proliferation of knowledge

“We did fuck up” in not mentioning the issues of race

Title IX

In the report from Reed, race was not mentioned… Cabinet wasn’t aware of the race until later

It’s hard to hold people accountable without acknowledging the issues

There are large issues with the counseling center- a supposed ‘outlet’

Unions are passionate but are consistently leaned on more than they should

Don’t bring your “shitty bro’s” to parties

We need to take the onus on ourselves to destroy a culture of racism and rape

People of color lack privilege of support

Lack of trust within some minority populations towards the higher echelons

I care about every single one of you

I will personally make a stronger effort to reach out

People walking around with a smile but burdens on their heart

Meetings are coming, but please go to Daniela so she can represent YOU better

Want to turn this conversation into beautiful action

Regarding the Incident at Reed

Dear members of the Lewis & Clark Community,

On Saturday night / Sunday morning an incident involving a Lewis & Clark student occurred on the Reed College campus.

There have been historical instances involving sexual misconduct by Lewis & Clark students toward Reed students, as well as inappropriate and destructive behavior of Lewis & Clark students while on Reed’s campus. We are determined to develop an understanding of how our actions affect other communities.

It is useful for students to read and be familiar with all College policies regarding conduct both on our campus and at Reed. The overwhelming presence of uninvited Lewis & Clark students on Reed’s campus is disruptive to their community as a whole. Please be respectful of Reed’s right to their space, and only visit if you have been invited by a student or staff member.

We are members of Lewis & Clark’s community, while on campus and off, and our behavior is a representation of our institution. Sexual misconduct will never be tolerated. It is embarrassing and unacceptable that a select few Lewis & Clark students have disrespected Reed’s hospitality over the years, and this weekend. We are all students in this amazing city and must work to form a bond with our community, with our friendly collegiate neighbors to the east and beyond.

Reed college held a public forum today in order to discuss the events. The questions they put forth are an outstanding representation of the mentality of Reed students. Instead of placing blame on us, they questioned use of force.  Instead of demanding a ban on Lewis & Clark students, they asked when and why their CSOs involve the police.  Instead of retaliating with anger they have opened a dialogue with their students.  Let us remember the motto that binds us together. Explorare, Discere, Sociare: To Explore, To Discover, To Work together.

The Associated Students of Lewis & Clark will be holding an open forum this Friday at 4:30pm in the Council Chamber in order to discuss this instance. We will be addressing the following issues: sexual misconduct, the use of force by campus officers, our role in the community, and ways to repair relationships with the Reed community. We view this as an opportunity for us to come together, reflect on our actions, and grow. Please submit questions that you would like to have addressed at this forum. ASLC will invite members of Reed to our campus as a sign of good will in the near future. More details will follow.

You are welcome to reach out to members of the Lewis & Clark student government with questions you may have. Other resources available include Ombudsperson Valerie WhiteLewis & Clark Counseling Service, and trained SARA officers. If you would like to report a situation regarding sexual misconduct or otherwise you may do so at any time.

If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you. Our door is always open.

2015-2016 Senate Elections

 

Good morning Pioneers,

Welcome new students, and welcome back all others.  I am writing to invite you to take part in ASLC, Lewis & Clark’s student government body.  Each class will elect six student leaders to be Senators and represent their class and interests at ASLC meetings.  Not only is this a fantastic resume builder, but also a great way to be engaged with a large number of students from various backgrounds and to help enact change at Lewis & Clark. You will advocate for student interest and help write legislation that edits the school’s Constitution based on student desires.

The requirements are simple: you must be a full time student in good academic standing who is able to commit to attend weekly Senate meetings on Thursdays at 7:00pm.  To be entered on the ballot you must complete the attached application, acquire 25 signatures of support from your peers and return the application to the ASLC office in Templeton 238 by Friday September 11 at 5:00pm.

Please remember that you are fortunate to study at a school that advocates the Democratic process.  Contrary to popular belief Barry Glassner is not all-powerful, and needs students like you to be champions of our liberties.  

Feel free to e-mail me with any questions, or inquire in the ASLC office.

Forever yours,

Adrian Austin-King ’16

ASLC Director of Elections

 

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Student Advisory Team: Know Your Rights and the OLCC

Phoebe Gresser /// Chief Justice

Lewis & Clark students are known for their unmatched dedication to making positive change within our school, community and world. Lewis & Clark’s student government, the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark (ASLC), is one of our on-campus organizations that gives the student a voice in how our school is owned and operated. As the ASLC Chief Justice, I have had the pleasure of chairing the Student Advisory Team (STAT) which is a committee within the ASLC Judiciary. The Student Advisory Team is responsible for protecting the rights of students and keeping the student body informed of those rights.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, our goal was to improve the interactions between the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and the Lewis & Clark student body. The OLCC is in charge of enforcing Oregon State Liquor law and one way in which they do this is by issuing citations for underaged drinking. As you can imagine, Lewis & Clark students and the OLCC don’t have the most affectionate feelings towards each other. In attempts to ease the tension between the two groups, the Student Advisory Team put on a ”Know Your Rights” forum that featured two OLCC representatives, a criminal defense attorney, and a member of Campus Safety.OLCC Logo

After this panel discussion we realized that there were systematic issues within the OLCC that have created and sustained tensions between students and the OLCC. The first issue was the fact that OLCC officers were able to patrol on campus/in residential areas while undercover, meaning that they did not wear uniforms and they drove in unmarked cars. This became an issue of safety because these virtually unidentifiable officers had the power to detain individuals suspected of drinking underage. The second issue is the fact that OLCC officers have the ability to issue Minor in Possession citations without breathalyzer or field sobriety tests. This makes proving sobriety and challenging citations in court nearly impossible.

The Student Advisory Team decided that improving the relationship between the Lewis & Clark student body and the OLCC required increasing the legal and physical protection of students during interactions with OLCC officers. We concluded that to do this, the following changes needed to happen: mandated marked cars and identifiable uniforms for OLCC officers as well as required field sobriety tests as a prerequisite for Minor in Possession citations. So, that’s what we set out to do.

We discussed our OLCC reform initiative with Ann Lininger, our representative in the Oregon House of Representatives, Lewis & Clark officials, and OLCC representatives. At the end of the Spring semester, all previously mentioned parties came together for a meeting. During this meeting the OLCC representatives presented us with the new identifiable uniforms and car decals that are now mandated for their officers statewide. The support and encouragement from ASLC allowed the Student Advisory Team to influence a positive change in state policy that improves the safety and security of Lewis and Clark students during interactions with the OLCC.

This year the Student Advisory Team is looking forward to continuing to work with the legal bodies that affect the lives of students. We are planning to continue pushing for field sobriety tests as a prerequisite for Minor in Possession citations. We are also planning to hold various “Know Your Rights” discussions including a workshop on the rights of protesters, Oregon Liquor Law, Oregon Marijuana Law, Landlord/Tenant Law and Bike Law. We are excited about all of the potential that this upcoming year holds. The Student Advisory Team is a committee of students who are passionate about the rights of their peers, if this kind of work sounds interesting to you, please consider joining the Student Advisory Team or the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark.

Weekly Update: August 31, 2015

Dear Pioneers,

To those returning, welcome back! And to all new students, I hope you all had a memorable NSO experience. As someone who spent most of their summer on campus, I could not be more thrilled to have all 2,000 of you here. The hill is alive again with more energy than ever.

This is a year of new beginnings, not just for the first-years, but for everyone. Over the summer, I witnessed the building of a new Career Center, I met new Administrators and Directors, and I spoke to 700 new students. Despite a changing environment, the passion of this community continues and I am honored to work with all of you this coming year.

Last year our accomplishments included:
Raising over $15,000 for our Pioneers for Pioneers Fund,
Changing OLCC Policy,
Bringing Arabic Courses to our Curriculum,
And countless more,

We have plans for a big year and hope that you all can be a part of them.

With that said, let us work together as one student body. This year we plan on connecting with other schools, improving student voice in curriculum decisions, furthering dialogue between students and administrators, and more. Yet, these initiatives can only progress with the drive and ambition of us all. We encourage you to run for Senate, join a committee, come to a Senate meeting, or just come by our office and chat. Our door (Templeton 238) is always open and everyone is welcome.

Whatever your concern, hope, vision, plan, or idea is, we are here to work with you. And…

We are ASLC

Whether it be your first or last year here at L&C, welcome home and I wish you the best of luck.

Your friend on the hill,
Daniela Lopez

Interested in Running for Senate?

Senate packets will be available this Friday 9/4. They will be sent to you all via email.

Visit us at PioFair September 4th!

Join a committee!

Fill out this interest form to learn more about these ASLC Committees and how you can get involved.

Lewis & Clark: Committed to Student Health

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As new and returning students alike prepare for the start of the fall semester, Lewis & Clark is committed to providing an environment where every member of our community has the resources to be happy, healthy, and successful.

This week, Lewis & Clark was recognized for these efforts, earning distinction as one of only 25 schools on The Greatist’s 2015 list of healthiest colleges and universities in America.

“When putting together our list,” said The Greatist, an online publication focused on fresh perspectives on health and wellness, “we looked for schools that go above and beyond to create an environment where students have access to an array of healthy food, top-notch fitness facilities, and robust medical and mental health services.”

About Lewis & Clark, the article said this:

“Step foot on this campus in southern Portland, and you can’t help but want to spend time in the great outdoors. The campus includes 95 forested acres and miles of hiking trails. The school has made a name for itself with its sustainability program—it topped The Princeton Review’s list of green colleges this year.Many of the sustainability initiatives are integrally connected to helping students live healthier lives. In recent years, the school has promoted its bike-friendly campus, which includes a student-operated bike co-op to make repairs a cinch. When it comes to dining, the college ensures that at least one third of the food served is organically grown or locally sourced. The college also has dramatically reduced food waste by adding composting bins to the dining halls, and students can grab smaller bins for off-campus housing.

Speaking about the ranking, Dean of Students Anna Gonzalez said, “At Lewis & Clark, we’re constantly looking at ways to support the mental, physical, and overall health of our students, because one’s health plays a sizable role in having a positive and successful college experience. We’re proud to make this list and grateful for all the faculty and staff efforts that go into sustaining a healthy campus environment.”

The only Oregon school named by The Greatist—and one of only two institutions in the Pacific Northwest to make the list—Lewis & Clark first appeared in the ranking in 2012.

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