Resignations From Faculty and Staff of Color Leave Some Students Isolated

  “Our leaders, who we look up to, are leaving,” Fijian-American student Vishal Nair said. “Where are we supposed to go? Are we supposed to follow them?” Nair said recent departures by faculty and staff of color have left him wondering what resources he has if the people he feels most comfortable with are unseen on campus or have left. While other faculty and staff of color have been recruited, students like Nair have a harder time seeking support in the wake of the resignations. Through a women’s studies class panel this year, Nair met former ODE administrative assistant Roslyn Leon Guerrero who said she left because she felt her voice wasn’t heard. “What she told us sparked something in me where I was like ‘okay she’s gone, so someone else needs to do something. So I need to do something,’” he said, but he wondered whether his voice would be heard either. Summer Brown, Clark’s only counselor of color, resigned this year, making the Counseling and Health Center feel less welcoming to students like Nair. He said he can’t imagine a white person fully understanding the struggles and racism he faces. Employee Resource Groups, which are created and run … Continue reading Resignations From Faculty and Staff of Color Leave Some Students Isolated