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President, Provost Announce Formation of Committee

The following message was sent by email to faculty, staff, and students.

May 8, 2017

Dear faculty, staff, and students,

Today we are announcing the establishment and membership of a College-wide committee to explore and discuss issues relating to the events of March 2, including, but not limited to, freedom of expression, inclusivity, and the educational and civic challenges of the 21st century.

The creation of this committee was among the most frequently offered suggestions in the weeks following March 2. The committee will commence its work this spring and resume in the fall semester, with the aim of completing its work by the end of 2017.

The committee members were selected from among those who responded to Provost Baldridge’s email last month seeking volunteers; we consulted with Faculty Council, Community Council, Staff Council, and the Student Government Association in making these appointments. We are grateful to those who came forward, and especially to those who have agreed to serve. The members of the committee are:

  • Ata Anzali, Assistant Professor of Religion
  • Nosagie Asaolu, Student, Class of 2018
  • Shannon Bohler, Arts Events Manager, Mahaney Center for the Arts
  • Kemi Fuentes-George, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Tammy Grant, Student Events Specialist, Department of Events Management
  • Razan Jabari, Student, Class of 2018
  • Matt Jennings, Editor, Middlebury Magazine
  • Graham Kenter, Student, Class of 2017.5
  • Ashley Laux, Associate Director, Center for Community Engagement
  • Sandra Luo, Student, Class of 2018
  • Sarah Stroup, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Marion Wells, Henry N. Hudson Professor of English and American Literatures

This group is not a legislative body, and its work will not supersede that of any other governance groups at the College. We have not asked the committee to make specific policy or procedural recommendations, though it might choose to do so. More generally, we hope its work will help to inform future decision making. The agenda of the committee is its own to design.

Naturally, we expect that faculty, students, and staff will continue to engage these issues in other settings and contexts, and we encourage all such endeavors.  Our thanks to the committee members and all others who are working together for the good of Middlebury.

All best,

Laurie Patton

Susan Baldridge