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The University of Alaska at Anchorage banned archaeologist David Yesner from its property and events over what it determined were credible sexual misconduct claims -- and told students last week to alert the police if they saw him.
Yet just days later, Yesner was allowed to attend the annual meeting of Society for American Archaeology in Albuquerque, N.M. Anthropologists present, some of whom have identified themselves as Yesner’s targets, filed complaints with meeting organizers and sought to have him kicked out.
Yesner was apparently allowed to stay, however -- even as a science journalist who confronted him was allegedly ejected from the meeting.
Some 800 academics have since signed an open letter to the society, saying that it “protected an individual who had claims of sexual harassment against them substantiated, who had already been banned by other institutions,” and in the process “aggrieved survivors of sexual harassment both in attendance and those following the escalating events on social media.”
The society’s “inaction” in light of a “serious danger” at the meeting “indeed had a ‘chilling effect on learning and workplace experiences’ at the conference,” the letter continues, quoting the society's Statement on Sexual Harassment and Violence. Consistent with what attendees have shared on social media, the letter says that “survivors and allies had to adopt a buddy system to try and keep themselves safe, while missing out on many panels they had paid to attend.”
Signatories demanded an apology from the society and an update to its harassment policy, along with training for all staff on relevant, proactive procedures. The letter also requests that Yesner be banned from all subsequent events, plus conference refunds for those impacted by his presence this year.
Yesner, who could not immediately be reached for comment, retired from Alaska in 2017 but was recently denied emeritus status over a flood of student allegations of misconduct spanning his long career on campus. Yesner has not commented publicly on the allegations, and he declined to participate in the university's investigation into his conduct.
That investigation, first obtained by KTVA, found that Yesner created a hostile environment for the students and violated numerous university policies against sexual misconduct, including assault. The nine complainants' reports ranged from inappropriate comments and touching, to taking pictures of students' breasts at work sites, to -- in one case -- rubbing his genitals against a student in a public shower. The reports were deemed credible.
Last week, Alaska emailed students to say that Yesner was “banned and trespassed from all property owned, controlled or used by the [university], including but not limited to UAA campuses.” The email asked students to alert authorities if “you see him or become aware of his presence in any such location.”
The society did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Yesner. In a series of tweets, it explained that existing policies had led to some registrations being revoked. New complaints -- presumably about Yesner -- were being dealt with according to its antiharassment policy, it said Friday. Citing confidentiality, it declined to elaborate on any particular case.
SAA has been in the forefront in creating an anti-harrassment policy that is designed to make the meeting a safe space for all attendees, which includes SAA staff. 1/2 #SAA2019— SAA (@SAAorg) April 13, 2019
When complaints come in, we investigate immediately. At the 84th Annual Meeting, this process has resulted in SAA having to take appropriate action, including withdrawing multiple meeting registrations. 2/3 #SAA2019— SAA (@SAAorg) April 13, 2019
Today, SAA received formal complaints about a different meeting attendee. We are proceeding according to the SAA Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedures as published in the program for the SAA 84th Annual Meeting. We will be issuing updates. #SAA2019— SAA (@SAAorg) April 12, 2019
Michael Balter, a science journalist who was at the conference in part to speak on a panel about Me Too, said that he was kicked out for confronting Yesner and asking him to leave.
Balter shared on his blog what he said was an email from Oona Schmid, association director, revoking his registration.
“As much as I recognize that you are trying to share your concerns, your calls are not appropriate,” reads the email. “Given the nature of this outreach, SAA must withdraw your 2019 conference registration per our Standard of Conduct Policy. I will arrange for you to receive a refund as soon as possible. Please refrain from attending the rest of the conference including your participation in Saturday's session.”
Balter told The Scientist that journalists “shouldn’t necessarily be kicking the subjects of their reporting out of meetings, but quite frankly nobody else was protecting these students” and he “considered this an emergency.”
Some meeting attendees have said that Yesner did not preregister. That would perhaps explain why the association did not block him from attending ahead of time. But numerous commenters have stressed the importance of preparing, in advance, for multiple contingencies in keeping conference attendees safe.
Kristina Killgrove, teaching assistant professor in anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, publicly stepped down from her role as chair of the society's media relations committee over the incident. In her resignation letter, Killgrove said that Yesner "was a known threat with sanctions in place from his former employer." And while the society "could not have known that he would register on-site, the response from SAA staff and other leadership when the issue was first raised both in person and on Twitter on Thursday, by [Balter] has been nothing short of appalling."
As a result of the society's "inaction in revoking Yesner’s registration, three survivors left the SAA conference early and were also forced to out themselves on social media to counter the SAA’s disingenuous and dangerous statement that the SAA has a Code of Conduct 'designed to make the meeting a safe space for all attendees,'" Killgrove said.
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A hastily released announcement by the University of Colorado system naming the sole finalist to be its next leader is causing heartburn among a few Coloradans -- including a Board of Regents member -- who realized only afterward that they aren't comfortable with a few of the finalist's key congressional votes.
The four-university system’s Board of Regents last week voted unanimously to make Republican former Minnesota congressman Mark Kennedy the sole finalist for the job. Kennedy, who has led the University of North Dakota since 2016, served three terms in Congress, from 2001 to 2007. While in Congress, he voted in favor of restrictions on abortion and against gay marriage. He also voted to support a failed effort to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
As North Dakota's president, Kennedy has also clashed with a member of the State Board of Higher Education after allowing his chief of staff to work remotely from Texas with a $25,000 travel stipend. He has suggested that part of the outcry was because the chief of staff is African American.
In an interview with Inside Higher Ed, Kennedy on Friday said his six-year congressional voting record, which doesn’t reflect his current beliefs on LGBTQ rights, matters less than his slightly longer eight-year record as a professor, university administrator and president. He’ll support Colorado students, staff and faculty, he said, “no matter who they love or how they identify.”
Colorado officials told The Denver Post last week that they rushed to issue a public announcement on Kennedy’s nomination after an April 9 news story in the Grand Forks Herald quoted multiple sources saying he was about to leave North Dakota. Kennedy himself also formally announced last week that he intended to take the Colorado job.
A former top financial official with Pillsbury and Federated Department Stores, Kennedy represented Minnesota in Congress from 2001 to 2007. He initially won a seat in a suburban district southeast of the Twin Cities that was later dissolved. In 2002, he won election to a different district northwest of the Twin Cities. Voters there re-elected him in 2004.
Among other votes that closely aligned with GOP priorities of the time, Kennedy voted in 2006 to support President George W. Bush's veto of a stem cell research measure. The veto override failed in the House, giving Republicans a victory.
Kennedy also voted in 2006 for the Marriage Protection Amendment, which would have amended the Constitution to say that marriage consists only of a union between one man and one woman. It failed in the House. In a statement issued during debate on the amendment, Kennedy complained that "a few local politicians and radical judges" had put traditional marriage in jeopardy, requiring Congress to act. "This amendment would settle the question once and for all, and stop these liberal activists from redefining marriage in Minnesota and the rest of the country."
Mardi Moore, executive director of LGBTQ advocacy organization Out Boulder County, told the Post that she was fielding questions from the community about Kennedy's record. “I’m just disappointed the university did not select a leader with a better record on civil rights,” she said.
Kennedy said his views on LGBTQ issues “have evolved -- and I am committed to showing respect for all of our community.”
In 2011, Kennedy took a job teaching at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School and later directed George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, where he also taught.
Kennedy pointed out that he has spent two years longer in academe than in Congress. “I have a track record as to how I’m responding to defending and protecting LGBTQ+ rights,” he said.
He noted that under his leadership, the University of North Dakota passed a policy banning discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The policy, he said, “is at least as strong, if not stronger, than CU’s.”
He also said he appointed LGBTQ staff and faculty -- including an LGBTQ dean -- “and expanded the amount of support” for diverse groups across campus. “So I have a very strong track record and I’m committed to being a champion for all students.”
Kennedy, who has called same-sex marriage “a settled issue,” said, “I am going to be a strong supporter of students, faculty, staff, members of our community, no matter who they love or how they identify. And I will give them my full respect and support and be committed to being a leader for all.” He has said that if he gets the job, the first phone call he'll make is to Colorado governor Jared Polis, the state's first openly gay governor. Polis has not commented on Kennedy's appointment.
Sue Sharkey, chair of the Board of Regents, told the Post that Kennedy is “not running for office. He’s not running for Congress. He’s not going to be making votes in the Legislature. He’s not running a campus like a chancellor. He’s a CEO of a $4.5 billion institution. This is overshadowing the wealth of experience he has to run a university system.”
In a joint statement issued Saturday with Vice Chair Jack Kroll, she said the board spoke with Kennedy "at length" about his stances on same-sex marriage and other issues. "We did not rush and did not compromise in our efforts to find the strongest candidate."
Kennedy, who holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan but who does not hold a Ph.D., last year was one of four candidates for the presidency of the University of Central Florida -- he was not selected, the Herald reported, in part because of his congressional votes against same-sex marriage.
Jim Poolman, a former North Dakota legislator who was on the search committee that selected Kennedy in 2016, told the Post that Kennedy's effort to lead UCF so early in his tenure soured North Dakotans a bit on his leadership. “It’s difficult to operate an institution when people think you’re looking at every opportunity to leave,” he said.
Kennedy’s North Dakota tenure has also been marked recently by a quiet dispute with the Engelstad Family Foundation, a major funder, over what the logo on the university’s basketball court should look like. The university in 2016 changed mascots from the Fighting Sioux to the Fighting Hawks, in part because the NCAA and a local American Indian tribe found it offensive.
In emails between Kennedy and a representative of a university benefactor, Kennedy said the “Fighting Hawks” logo should appear, rather than simply “North Dakota,” as the benefactor preferred.
The emails, between Kennedy and Engelstad Family Foundation trustee Kris Engelstad McGarry, whose late father underwrote a $110 million hockey arena, show that Kennedy was frustrated by the foundation’s push to leave out the hawk logo. McGarry told the Associated Press that many longtime North Dakota fans “do not identify with Fighting Hawks” and would be alienated by the logo. “We believe that the community should make their own decisions and that the change should happen more organically, over time, rather than have it pushed,” she said.
Colorado regent Linda Shoemaker told the Post that it was “unfortunate” the university system had to release Kennedy’s name prematurely, “because we didn’t even have the opportunity for our own staff to do the vetting that we would have expected to be done prior to announcing this finalist.”
She said the Board of Regents met on April 3 and 4 at Denver International Airport to interview six candidates selected by the system’s presidential search committee. The system has not named the other five candidates, but Shoemaker said each was interviewed for two hours.
One regent, Lesley Smith, told the Boulder, Colo., Daily Camera that regents didn’t discuss Kennedy's voting record during his interview, but that he discussed his support for gay people while answering a question on diversity. The board was satisfied with his answer, but Smith said she is "getting a lot of pushback from constituents" on his congressional voting record.
She tweeted last week, "Some information about Mark has come to light that is concerning; my colleagues and I will be exploring this further."
Smith said she sent the tweet in response to others tweeting critiques of her support of Kennedy. "We all want to be aware of anything that might be a flash point," she said.
The Herald earlier reported on a controversy surrounding Kennedy's decision to keep Angelique Foster, his chief of staff, on board working remotely from Texas -- a move criticized by at least one state Board of Higher Education member. Kennedy has said the arrangement was meant to be temporary but that he extended it because he couldn’t find a qualified replacement.
In an interview with the Daily Camera, Kennedy said part of the criticism was because Foster is African American. "I'm quite confident it is about more than remote working," he said, but he later told the newspaper that he didn't want his comments on race to be overblown. "North Dakotans are very welcoming, inclusive people that have made Angelique feel warmly received," he said.
Kennedy has said he'll visit the university system's four campuses the week of April 22. State open-records law dictates that finalists for the university job must wait 14 business days after their names are revealed before regents can vote on the appointment. In the meantime, a protest against his candidacy is scheduled for today in CU's Norlin Quad.
Asked if he was frustrated by the finalist process, Kennedy said he’d let the University of Colorado answer such questions. “I have no comment on the process.”
But he added that there are “lot of things germane to the discussion that a lot of people aren’t talking about, like: ‘What are the skills you really need to provide leadership to a system of the scale and potential impact of the University of Colorado?’”
Kennedy said any leader of such a large system needs “a trifecta skill” consisting of business and management acumen, an academic background and the ability to engage with different public constituencies.
“Whatever kind of engagement it takes, discussing whatever topics people want to first talk about before we get to ‘How are we are going to elevate the university in its impact?’ I’m happy to do -- and it’s an important part of the job.”
Kennedy may need to tread lightly in Colorado over the next few weeks, since the intense media coverage of his candidacy has prompted North Dakota University system chancellor Mark Hagerott to say he considers the news a “de facto notice” of Kennedy’s resignation.
In a letter sent to Kennedy Friday and obtained by the Herald, Hagerott said that while he hadn't received a formal notice of resignation, he would treat Kennedy's April 10 statement "along with your statements to the media outlets since then, as a de facto notice of resignation effective June 15, 2019."
Reached late Friday by the Herald, Kennedy said he should have clarified his statement.
“I maybe should have put ‘we would be sorry to leave UND.’ It is not a final deal. It is highly unusual that it is not the final selection, but that option remains until the regents vote again in two weeks.”Academic FreedomLeadershipEditorial Tags: StatesNorth DakotaImage Caption: Mark KennedyIs this diversity newsletter?: Newsletter Order: 0Disable left side advertisement?: Is this Career Advice newsletter?: Magazine treatment: Trending: Display Promo Box:
Barnard College has placed on leave campus police officers who physically stopped a black student from entering the library building Thursday night. The incident, videotaped and shared by Barnard students on social media, has led to protests and a quickly organized campus meeting, and to a promise by the college to fully investigate what it is calling an "unfortunate incident."
On yesterday at Barnard College A black Columbia University student was entering the library when he was racially profiled by police (interestingly referred to as “public safety” officers). But “safe” to who?
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The student is enrolled at Columbia University, with which Barnard is affiliated. Columbia students are permitted to use Barnard's library. Video shows him objecting to being asked for his identification and also for being restrained by officers. After he gave the police officers his ID, they said they needed to check his status and asked him to leave the building.
Barnard has a policy of checking IDs as people enter various facilities after 11 p.m., and this incident took place close to midnight. But many students said that the policy is inconsistently enforced, and that applying it to a black person -- particularly in this way -- constitutes racial profiling.
Barnard's president, Sian Leah Beilock, has sent two messages to the campus about the incident. In the first, she said in part, "As many of you are aware, there was an unfortunate incident last night in the Milstein Center that has raised concerns about our safety and security policies and how they are enforced. I have spoken to Roger Mosier, our vice president for campus services, about last night's events. We deeply regret that this incident occurred, and we are undertaking a thorough review of our public safety officers’ actions, and will address our processes and procedures and how they are applied."
In that message, she invited students to a "listening session" Friday evening.
In the second, she said, "The college is hiring an independent investigator to review what transpired Thursday night and to provide us with recommendations for further action. The public safety officers involved, as well as the public safety supervisor, have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation."
Students have continued to protest over the incident.April 13, 2019
Racial profiling is a major national issue, but many minority students and employees have been stunned to find that colleges that pride themselves on inclusivity can be places, in encounters with local or campus police, where nonwhite people can be questioned for, in effect, being on or near campus while black.
Yale has seen two incidents involving black students. In 2015, a black student was briefly detained by campus police officers who were looking for another person. The student's father is a New York Times columnist, who wrote about his anger about the incident. Then last year, a white Yale University student called the campus police upon finding a black graduate student taking a nap in the student's dormitory common room. The police came, and the black student needed to get her identification card to show that she belonged in the building.
Also last year, police were called at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst over a longtime employee, walking to his office. While police questioned him (and found nothing questionable), they sealed off the building.
Not all of the investigations have found wrongdoing in the way black people were questioned.
Smith College found last year that there was a "legitimate, nondiscriminatory" reason for an employee to call campus police on a black student who was eating her lunch in a residence hall living room. Some questioned the findings.
And not all of the incidents involve African Americans.
At Colorado State University last year, a woman called police on two Native American brothers she believed were not really part of a tour group, but who were doing nothing wrong. They were for a time separated from the group so police could question them.DiversityEditorial Tags: African AmericansIs this diversity newsletter?: Newsletter Order: 0Disable left side advertisement?: Is this Career Advice newsletter?: Magazine treatment: Trending: College: Barnard CollegeDisplay Promo Box:
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The nation’s leading association for community colleges is helping its member institutions focus on building more apprenticeship programs and becoming experts for work-force development in their communities.
Community colleges were successful at getting more students into college during the last century, Walter Bumphus, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Community Colleges, said during the group's 99th annual convention in Orlando this weekend, but more work is required to close racial and economic equity gaps in academic achievement and guaranteeing graduates are employed in well-paying jobs.
“We can be the delivery and work-force training arm for the country,” he said.
AACC and the U.S. Department of Labor partnered earlier this year to launch the Community College Apprenticeships initiative, which will produce 16,000 new apprentices over the next three years. Bumphus and other AACC officials provided more details Sunday during the convention about how colleges could join the partnership, which will use $20 million in federal funding to help create the apprenticeships.
“The idea is to not just train individuals directly but to build a framework for a national system,” said Jennifer Worth, senior vice president of work-force and economic development for AACC. “That’s never been done before, and AACC wants to be a leader in this space.”
President Trump issued an executive order in 2017 calling for an expansion of apprenticeship opportunities. His administration created a 20-member task force of experts to find ways to make the expansion happen. Bumphus was a member of the task force.
The Labor Department released a report by the task force last year, which criticized traditional higher education for failing to adequately prepare graduates for the work force. The report also released a "road map" for an alternative federal system for apprenticeships and called for more industry involvement.
AACC will select 80 community colleges to help develop the apprenticeships with employers and expects each college to train 150 apprentices annually over the three-year period. The group has also identified four community college and business partnerships that are expected to produce 1,000 apprenticeships each, Worth said. AACC will announce the 80 colleges once they have been selected and the four partnerships once they’ve signed formal agreements, she said.
Worth called the initiative a “massive undertaking.”
The Community College Apprenticeships initiative would help the two-year institutions identify externships, internships and cooperative agreements that could be defined as apprenticeships and help institutions define high-quality apprenticeship programs with the help of a 55-member task force assembled by AACC, Worth said.
She said the initiative will help colleges provide students with more clarity about the apprenticeships by providing them with information such as the long-term career options, salary scales and the earning potential of specific fields.
“We need to have clearer information so a company or an apprentice can find and get information about all of these,” Worth said. “This has the ability to really stand up AACC in a wildly new way and lead the field in this work-force space."
Sandra Kurtinitis, president of the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland and chair of the AACC board, said everything the colleges do, whether they train nurses, accountants, poets or musicians, should be considered work-force development.
“For us, and I wish Harvard [University] would say this, too, our education agenda must be an economic agenda,” Kurtinitis said. “Why do we exist? We don’t just exist for the nobility of purpose. We have a purpose. We have meaning. We are the key to access and substance. But that agenda has to be an economic one.”
Kurtinitis said as community colleges shift focus to building more partnerships with businesses and industries to create apprenticeships or short-term certificate programs, those efforts should be considered as successful as increasing traditional graduation rates.
“If you only measure our degrees, you will never get the full dimension and power of what the community college in America is doing,” she said.
More than 62,000 students attend CCBC, Kurtinitis said, but only about 30,000 of them are in a degree-seeking program. The other 30,000 are working on short-term credentials that often are not calculated in some measurements of academic outcomes, such as federal graduation rates.
“If you can’t count them, too then you will never get the true value and strength of America’s community colleges,” she said.Community CollegesEditorial Tags: Adult educationCareer/Tech EducationCompetency-based learningJob trainingIs this diversity newsletter?: Newsletter Order: 0Disable left side advertisement?: Is this Career Advice newsletter?: Magazine treatment: Trending: College: Community College of Baltimore CountyDisplay Promo Box:
- Bridgewater College, in Virginia: R. Mark Laursen, clinical associate professor in Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and director of athletic training services.
- Clark University: Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Columbus College of Art and Design: Isabel and Ruben Toledo, the artists.
- Concordia College, in Minnesota: Colum McCann, the artist and author.
- Emerson College: Soledad O’Brien, the journalist.
- Metropolitan College of New York: Reverend Winnie Varghese, senior priest for justice and reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street.
- Mount Aloysius College: U.S. representative Glenn “GT” Thompson.
- Newbury College: Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO of the Dimock Center.
- New Jersey Institute of Technology: New Jersey governor Phil Murphy.
- Ohio Dominican University: Sister Margaret Ormond, president of the Dominican Academy.
- Paine College: Bakari Sellers, CNN political commentator.
- Palo Alto University: Malik S. Henfield, associate dean for academic affairs, research and faculty advancement at the University of San Francisco School of Education.
- Siena College: Kate Gutmann, an executive at UPS.
- Taylor University: Vice President Pence.
- Wellesley College: Anita Hill, professor of social policy, law and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Brandeis University.
- Willamette University: Bell Burnell, co-discoverer of the first radio pulsars; and others.