Campus unrest can be a time to advance, not panic, VP writes | Around the O

“American universities may be missing out on the chance learn and evolve by reacting defensively when students take to the streets to demand change, writes Yvette Alex-Assensoh, the UO’s vice president for equity and inclusion, in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“In an op-ed article in the publication’s Dec. 4 issue, Alex-Assensoh says campuses should embrace the controversies and use them to do what colleges and universities do best, act as laboratories and leaders in the advancement of social change. The challenge isn’t how to deflect criticism, she says, but how to listen to students and come up with better ways to address their issues and prepare them for life in an increasingly complex democracy.”

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