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The Missing Link: Where is Dean of Students Affairs and Academic Support’s Leadership?

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Someone sent me a comment the other day, “Based on your observation where many key players do not participate in this event is very serious concern and it needs to address directly to Gallaudet University President immediately!”

The event, Islamophobia Within Deaf Community on March 2nd, 2017 held at Gallaudet University—let’s talk about the topic: Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support. People needs to be aware that the Dean also handles for Crisis Leadership Team (CLT)—and Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).

The Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support was supposed to be “STUDENT VOICE”—for students. That is the key player. There are some Muslim students at Gallaudet who may be on “Trump’s List”—and the Dean was supposed to be the STUDENT VOICE for Muslims, too. Whether like it or not.

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The Dean did not show up for an important event. It is not first time though. The Dean was supposed to show leadership. The event was crucial for everyone. Seriously, it was.

I remember sharing my experience as a new graduate student who came to Gallaudet on scholarship, the graduate students showed up for an opening ceremony in August 2013, and I remember seeing that the lack of invited speakers known as “key players” who did not show up. The Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support was one of them. I was baffled.

The Dean fails to commit crucial leadership and fellowship around students that calls for questions to think about.

Did the Dean understand that the students are motivated to learn? Did the Dean understand the nature of change? Did the Dean understand how to change? 

Ian McDermott and Joseph O’Connor wrote, both are management change experts wrote a book called Practical NLP for Managers in 1996, state:

“Change is difficult, it calls for courage, yet the personal and professional rewards are great. The situation now is such that you have to change to survive.”

I mean, look at that way with the motivation by the nature of change goes to the students who came to Gallaudet University for THREE big purposes: LEADERSHIP, SELF-CONFIDENCE, and HOPE. I am sure that you would agree on that part. It is not that difficult to understand.

Islamophobia is part of crisis. What does it tell you when a “leader” who handles as a Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support, CLT and BIT did not show up when the event about Islamophobia was very important to attend and try to understand their concerns. It was once in a life-time.

Is it fair for students to face with their personal struggle faced by the Administration of Gallaudet University and the Dean?

Why fly under the radar?

-JT

Copyright @ 2017 Jason Tozier

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