I was surprised that Gallaudet University censored one of Gallaudet alumus, Bryan Davis’s comment sharing his concerns about Dwight Benedict. Did Gallaudet University breach his First Amendment—Freedom of Speech?
Bryan Davis’s comment: It seems that my original post was hidden so that the community could not see it. I’m positing again so that the opposite view can be seen as well. Campus censorship is a hot-topic right now….
As much as it’s great to have a position like this, as an alumnus of Gallaudet, I’m concerned about this appointment in particular. Why was it determined to appoint rather than to conduct a national search?
I’m concerned about the impact this potentially could have on people of color, and other minority populations on campus. In my perspective and experience, Dwight has never concerned with these issues. And if he did, he awkwardly made comments that gave the illusion he was aware of issues facing minority students and staff. What experience does he have that makes him eligible for this line of work?
It is also my understanding that he will be responsible, in part, for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Didn’t Gallaudet just go through a lengthy process to identify a VP to lead those efforts? Why would the administration approve a VP to take over those duties if there is already a VP who may be better qualified and positioned to tackle the many issues facing the Gallaudet community?
Looks like it’s the good ole’ boys club that makes it to the top. I’m concerned for the lack of respect that shows to staff, students, and faculty on campus.