The ASLC Senate passed a Resolution to Acknowledge that the War on Drugs has been a Failed Policy in Achieving the Goal of Reducing Drug Use at their meeting last night, November 29th, 2018. Read the resolution below!
The attached resolution to reject the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Attempts to Define Gender by Biological Sex was passed by the ASLC Senate on November 15th, 2018.
The ASLC Cabinet voted to access the Senate Project Fund last month. The attached report summarizes the events that occurred and the actions being taken by the ASLC to prevent similar events from occurring in the future.
This Tuesday, both SAAB and the Faculty (as a whole) conducted a number of meetings with Paul Hanstedt, a General Education (GE) specialist who has worked with colleges throughout the United States and internationally. This is part of an ongoing initiative to consider what General Education can look like at L&C (see recent posts).
I would like to invite the student body to consider notes which I took at Paul Hanstedt’s meeting with SAAB representatives. The intent of this meeting was to explore where L&C currently sits in the landscape of GE nationally and internationally, and to discuss ideas for how it can be reformed. The notes cover general themes of the discussion, but do not include specific ideas—for example, our specific discussion of what role Race & Ethnicity can and should play in GE is not reflected in the notes.
If you are interested in the process, and want your voice to be heard, SAAB Representatives are the best way to get involved. One reason that events like this have included SAAB is to make SAAB reps into really informed students in this whole process. What this means is they are very capable of (and charged with) representing student voices throughout this process.
As always, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
On behalf of SAAB and the Curriculum Committee, I would like to extend my thanks to all those who showed up to discuss General Education at Lewis & Clark on this last Friday, January 22nd. The discussion brought up tons of great points, put some workable ideas on the table, and helped inform SAAB members how to best proceed in the process of GE reform and represent the student body.
Notes from the discussion are available here. The notes are unsorted—just in the order of when they came up in discussion, for the most part. I spent the meeting writing down these points, so my own personal bias may have crept in here and there. If you would like to comment on any of the points or how I transcribed them, you may comment on the form, or email me personally at email@example.com.
This was the first event of several this semester where students and faculty will discuss how best to proceed with General Education Reform. I, for one, wholeheartedly appreciate the involvement I have seen so far from the student body. To get involved or keep involved in the discussion, get in touch with your department’s SAAB rep! They are one of the best resources available to you.
No one can deny that we are an avidly self-representing student body, one who takes an active role in shaping our education and our experience at Lewis & Clark. The very existence of our Student Academic Affairs Board is a testament to this—we have a dedicated group of students from every academic department and program, responsible for facilitating student-faculty interaction and representing their department’s interests. This feature makes us unique among colleges. At present, the conversation we are having centers on the General Education curriculum at Lewis & Clark, and I would like to talk to you all about the resources that SAAB can provide in this respect—and invite you to an event. At a minimum, I hope this gives everyone something to think about over the holidays, and that we can come back refreshed and ready to continue to work to improve this campus.
Among other members, SAAB consists of one representative from each academic department and program. Hopefully you know your SAAB representative already, but if you don’t, you can find out who they are here. Talk to your SAAB representative about the structure of your department, courses your department does or does not offer, or any other issues which concern your department individually. Your representative may also facilitate discussions within your department, in which students and faculty can come together to share opinions and examine important issues. With respect to general education, your SAAB representative is a great starting point for examining the values you would like your department to reflect, and what contributions it can make toward general education.
SAAB also has a Chair (that’s me) who sits on the college Curriculum Committee, which makes decisions concerning the structure of the college curriculum, which courses will be taught, and issues of curricular importance. Perhaps you know me, but if you don’t, feel free to get in touch! Talk to me about issues concerning the college curriculum at large (including General Education), or about coordinating efforts across departments or other entities of the college.
Currently, there is a motivated, forward-moving discussion going on about how General Education can and should be reformed at Lewis & Clark. With respect to that, I would like to invite you all to an open discussion, held in the Chapel, at 3 pm on Friday, January 22nd. The event will include a presentation by faculty members about the process and current goals of General Education reform, a discussion of our ideas as a student body, and the creation of a list of the major points which we want to consider going forward. The discussion will be directed at the members of SAAB, who will represent student interests at a faculty meeting in February to continue discussing next steps in GE reform.
To kick-start this discussion, I would like to invite you to submit topics of discussion, questions, and comments via this form, which will be open from now until the event. Additionally, please be on the lookout for intra-department discussions held by your SAAB representatives, which will give you the opportunity to have a similar conversation on a smaller, more personal scale.
Thank you for your efforts as a student body to continually improve this campus.
Notes from the First Forum
October 2, 2015
Compiled by Nathaniel Hamlett and Carlton Bone
- 1 diva 1 mic
- Move up move up
- No one knows everything together we know a lot
- We can’t be articulate all the time
- Intent vs. impact
- Expect and accept a lack of closure
- 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:
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 White, Lewis & 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.
Number one. That’s the spot Lewis & Clark earned in The Princeton Review’s ranking of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges and universities.
“This honor is validation of the progress we make when we work together in common purpose,” said Lewis & Clark President Barry Glassner. “Throughout our three schools, from our facilities to our academic offerings—including our top-ranked program in environmental law—we integrate research, learning, and action. At Lewis & Clark, we’re always building on our strengths.”
Princeton Review, the education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features, tallied the scores for 861 colleges this year. They used data from their 2013-14 institutional survey, as well as student surveys that asked about each school’s sustainability-related practices, policies, and academic offerings. Results included student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus, administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts, and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.