Last week’s diversity-related events have sharply and passionately reminded our community of both the crucial importance and real difficulties of becoming the kind of educational community we say we want to be.
What do we say about our community? — “Earlham is an educational community, informed by the distinctive perspectives and values of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and aimed at providing the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. We strive to be a community of mutual support, responsibility, and accountability.”
What do we say are our principles? — “Respect for persons, integrity, a commitment to peace and justice, simplicity, and community decision-making shape Earlham’s community. Together these principles reflect Earlham’s strong Quaker tradition.”
How do we say we put our principles into practice? — “Principles and Practices is a statement of the values that guide those of us who live and work at Earlham College and who form its communities: students, teaching and administrative faculty, and staff.” “Principles and Practices also provides the foundation for campus policies that apply to all members of the community.”
— Statements above taken from Principles and Practices
We can all take pride in Earlham’s distinctive character as an institution of higher education. This past week, however, a group of students reminded us that we cannot take our principles and practices for granted. They have made the community aware of ways in which their experiences at Earlham are not consistent with Earlham’s aspirations and intent. For them, as well as for others, our practices have not been seen as being consistent with our principles. Following their expression of dissonance, the entire community has begun, through various meetings this past week, to better understand what is causing persons to feel disrespected, unwelcome, or misunderstood. This listening has only begun, and we have more to do.
As we listen, we are also beginning to identify what action steps can and will be taken to bring about changes that are needed. This work of listening, self-examination and collaboration is hard work that we all must embrace. We say that at Earlham, we value every voice and seek to allow every voice to be heard in an atmosphere characterized by respect and real listening focused on understanding. Even if, or especially if, we have doubts whether we always adhere to these ideals, we can and must support one another as we work together to strive to do better.
As we listen and make our action plans, we must also hold ourselves accountable to being the Earlham we claim and want to be. Earlham is not a utopia separated from the challenges faced by unique and diverse people everywhere; we all want and deserve to be respected and valued.
How are we going to do these things? How are we going to embrace and live into our commitment to the goals of our Diversity Aspiration Vision Statement, and for making real — and not just rhetorical — our commitment to Earlham’s core values of respect for persons, integrity, peace and justice, simplicity and community, as expressed in our Principles and Practices?
In this message, I want to address these questions by focusing on two imperatives of our current situation:
- Some of the ways the College will work to consider productively the points made in the document entitled “List of Requirements Concerning Students of Color” and related concerns
- Some of the ways the College will work to create a campus environment in which we can work together in the best Earlham spirit of respectful dialogue and cooperation.
How we will work to assess feasibility and make appropriate progress on the document of requirements and related concerns
Earlham students of color who raised concerns and goals in a document circulated last Monday across campus have asked for a statement indicating that the President and the College administration support their work for structural change to improve diversity and inclusion on campus.
This is the College’s clear answer: Yes, we wholeheartedly support the efforts of these students, and indeed the efforts of all community members, to work diligently to improve our organization and processes so as to produce the real changes that will address the actual needs and aspirations necessary for Earlham to live out its ideals for diversity and inclusion. And just to be absolutely clear: I personally am committed to this goal, as is the rest of the College administration and the Board of Trustees. As promised, the student document has been provided to the Board, which will begin its own assessment of the appropriateness and feasibility of the document’s many stated requirements at this week’s Board meeting, especially those where action would require significant financial resources or alterations in policies under the Board authority. It must be understood, however, that there can be no presumption that the College will be able to do all the things on the list of requirements.
It is also very evident and most important that Earlham faculty are also committed to these goals, as is indicated by the faculty’s consensus decision well over a decade ago to create a special standing faculty committee, the Diversity Progress Committee (DPC), whose charge includes assessing the College’s progress on diversity and inclusion and identifying “systematic problems that emerge or persist, and needs for new directions.”
As I indicated to student leaders who circulated the document last Monday, their document has been formally placed before the DPC, and I have asked that committee to analyze each of the points of the document and produce specific recommendations for action to the senior administration and to the faculty, as appropriate to each group.
I understand that time for consultation with campus offices and faculty will be required to analyze these complex and many-layered concerns and focus them into specific actions that are feasible for the College.
But I also understand the need to move forward quickly. Consequently, I have asked the DPC to recommend to the senior administration approaches to the following four items, which, if approved, could be initiated as early as the beginning of the fall semester 2016 and no later than the conclusion of the fall 2016 semester.
- Diversity and inclusion training for all members of the Earlham teaching faculty, administrative faculty, staff, and students
- Establishment of neutral personnel, place, and process for complaint reporting and responsiveness
- Establishment of DPC website providing transparency of committee activity, including specific recommendations for action and feasible timelines, and ways for readers to provide reaction and input
- Re-establishment of the Student Diversity Council, which should be designed to provide meaningful and ongoing input to the DPC
I expect that the DPC in the course of its analysis will produce further recommended actions for consideration that are responsive to other aspects of the student document or associated diversity issues beyond those stated in the document itself.
In order to further enhance the effectiveness of the DPC, I have also asked that the DPC conveners meet bi-weekly with me and senior staff, and that the full committee join a special senior staff meeting approximately every 5-6 weeks. This will ensure that recommendations for specific action coming from the DPC will be placed directly in front of the senior administrators who oversee the various areas of the College and who are empowered to implement mutually agreed upon actions that are appropriate and feasible.
In cases where the items proposed would require formal faculty action, the appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that those recommended actions be placed before the appropriate faculty committee or the faculty as a whole, as Faculty Handbook procedures require. In addition, I and other senior administrators will seek to work closely with the DPC to establish more direct conversations with different areas of the College, including Student Government, academic divisions, campus offices and other areas, to open up more opportunities for voices to be heard and for individuals to get to know one another better.
How the College will strive to create the best possible campus environment in which we can work together in the best Earlham spirit of respectful dialogue and cooperation
For the College to function well, both as an educational environment for 1100 students and as a workplace for over 350 employees, a variety of spaces — for one’s own person, for study, for group work, for personal office work, for public gatherings, as well as others — must be respected.
Not only must spaces such as these be respected, the behavior of all members of the community in such spaces should be in accordance with the values outlined for all community members in Principles and Practices, and additionally in alignment with the applicable policies for students in the Student Code of Conduct and for employees in documents such as the Faculty Handbook and the Staff Handbook.
In order to ensure a safe and non-threatening environment on campus for everyone, in which progress on the important work described in the first part of this message can actually be done, and in order that the daily educational and other work of the College can also proceed effectively, we must recognize that we are all accountable for our words and actions in light of official College policy documents such as those noted above. The College will seek to protect our collective accountability in accordance with guidelines in these policy documents. That protection will include appropriate investigation and disciplinary steps, as circumstances may warrant.
We need to be clear on one thing: we all have the right to free speech and expression of dissent; there is no doubt about that. But we also all must recognize that our exercise of that right may have unintended or harmful consequences for members of our community if the way that right is carried out is not consistent with the conduct expectations as noted above, and especially if the exercise of our rights as viewed from the standpoint of those policies is determined to have violated the rights of others.
If we really want to strive to live out as best we can the values that define Earlham as one community, as those values are expressed in Principles and Practices , we must resolve to move forward together. A Quaker school with ideals such as consensus and respect for persons will not be able to function very well or be able to improve very much if caught in the grip of an adversarial situation that brings our will to collective effort to a standstill and impedes our capacity to move forward together.
Moving forward together includes recognizing the courage of those who stepped forward to bring us the document, of those who shared experiences in various gatherings, and of those willing to speak about how they have received and processed the document and associated events.
And move forward together we must, for without linking arms, listening carefully, sharing aspirations, helping ease one another’s pain, and providing mutual support — in short, without moving forward together, we may find ourselves unable to move forward at all.
I am fully confident, as so many have passionately affirmed to me, that we do have the capacity and can find the spirit and will to move forward together.
John David Dawson
President, Earlham College
Head to Richmond’s Depot District for the ultimate family event. Don’t miss Escape Artist Michael Griffin, February 21st. Two-time winner of the World Magic Awards, star of TV’s Masters of Illusion series, and featured on America’s Got Talent, Michael Griffin amazes audiences with his uncanny ability to escape from nearly anything. Michael Griffin draws in his audience, bringing them into the show with Houdini like skills, you will be entertained from the moment he takes the stage.
With 2 shows available, you and your family can’t miss this one. Tickets are $6.00 or 5 for $25.00. Times: 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the 4th Floor Blues Club. Food is available for minimal cost.
Good Time for a Good Cause InConcert hosts events throughout the year to support more than 14 non-profits, 100% of ticket sales for the magic show will be donated to non-profits. Check out their next event at www.inconcertrichmond.com.
What: Magic Show Escape Artist Michael Griffin
When: February 21, 2016
Where: 4th Floor Blues Club 923 N E Str. Richmond, Indiana
Time: 1:00pm and 3:30pm
Cost: $6.00 or 5 for $25.00, buy in advance online at www.inconcertrichmond.com, through one of our participating non-profits, or local distribution locations. More Information: Visit www.inconcertrichmond.com
For more information on this event visit MRL events.
WAYNE COUNTY EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS SCHOLARSHIPS
Wayne County Extension Homemakers is offering two $400 scholarships to Wayne County high school seniors meeting the following criteria:
Applicant must be a child or grandchild of a current member of the Wayne County Extension Homemakers.
Applicant must be a senior graduating from a high school in Wayne County.
Applicant will attend a technical school, college, or university in Indiana on a two or four year program.
Applicant will be a full-time student at their technical school, college, or university.
Deadline for applications is Friday, April 15, 2016. Applications are available at the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Alicia Criswell, Extension Educator HHS/4-H at the Wayne County Extension Office at 765-973-9281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Joe Augustin
Songwriter’s Solstice Event to Support the Community:
Late in the summer of 2013, Kevin Milner of Dayton, Ohio and Joe Augustin of Richmond, Indiana began discussing plans to start a charitable humanist organization called SoNA, which is short for Society of Neutral Angels. At its root, SoNA is a loose affiliation of songwriters and their friends, who organize music events to raise awareness and collect donations for various charitable causes. Check out SoNA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/
Although SoNA has no official membership roster (apart from Joe and Kevin), a large number of loyal songwriters and their friends repeatedly volunteer their time and other resources to make sure events run smoothly. Of course, the group is always on the lookout for new people who want to get involved, too.
Songwriters’ Solstice, benefiting Foodbank Dayton, was the very first SoNA event, back in December 2013, and featured 28 songwriters at Ghostlight Coffee over the course of two days. 466 pounds of non-perishable food donations were collected for the foodbank, in addition to cash donations received at the door.
Kevin and Joe were so moved by the generous show of support from the Dayton community that they decided to start working on new projects right away. The following April, SoNA hosted Heartstrings, a 3-month musical instrument drive for Boys & Girls Club of Dayton which ended with a 14-songwriter event at World BBQ in Dayton. That September, Songs of Freedom at Dayton Courthouse Square gathered 24 music acts to raise money and awareness for BE FREE Dayton, a group that combats human trafficking in the Miami Valley. Then, in December, SoNA pulled its 2nd annual Songwriters’ Solstice. In March 2015, SoNA’s 6-songwriter Tiny Desk Concert at The Collaboratory collected school supplies donations for Crayons To Classrooms.
Solstice In Richmond Dec 12 & 13 at New Boswell Brewery
Now, Kevin, Joe and their generous friends are preparing for the 3rd annual Songwriters’ Solstice event. This year, however, SoNA is upping the ante and putting on TWO two-day Songwriters’ Solstice foodbank events: one in Dayton, OH and one in Richmond, IN. Each event features 30+ artists from the around region, many of whom will travel from two hours away or more.
The Richmond event, co-sponsored by SoNA and Lyricists’ Corner, is first, on SAT & SUN, DEC 12 & 13 at New Boswell Brewery & Tap Room, from 4PM-Midnight. See the event page for current lineup and other details:
The Dayton event is SAT & SUN, DEC 19 & 20 at Ghostlight Coffee, from 3PM-9PM. See the event page for current lineup and other details:
The “5th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk” will be held at Townsend Community Center 855 N 12th St. Richmond, IN on Sunday, November 8th from 4-6 p.m.
The tradition lives on in Richmond, where once a year, the locals dress up like Zombies and have a fun filled evening on the town, walking in typical Zombie fashion, while donating and raising awareness for those in need. This year the Zombie Walk is being organized by Jeremy Bartley in collaboration with Townsend Community Center.
The event will include vendors, a Thriller Flash Mob, Costume Contest, an outdoor movie at the end location, and more! Cost to participate in the Zombie walk is 2 unexpired canned food items, although additional donations are more than welcome and very much appreciated. All donated items will go to various food pantries and community based services that help those in need!
Organized by: Jeremy Bartley in collaboration with Townsend Community Center Website: https://www.facebook.com/Richmond-Zombie-Walk-461905690495812/timeline
October 31, 2015
TRICK OR TREAT TIMES
Boston: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cambridge City: 6-8 p.m.
Centerville: 5-7 p.m.
College Corner, Ohio: 6-8 p.m.
Dublin: 6-8 p.m.
Farmland: 6-8 p.m.
Fountain City: 5-7 p.m.
Greens Fork: 6-8 p.m.
Hagerstown: 6-8:30 p.m.
Liberty: 6-8 p.m.
Milton: 6-8 p.m.
New Paris, Ohio: 6-8 p.m.
Parker City: 6-8 p.m.
Richmond: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Webster: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31
West College Corner: 6-8 p.m.
Winchester: 5-8 p.m.
TRUNK OR TREAT PLACES & TIMES
The Journey Life Center: 5-7:30 p.m., 2301 Pleasant View Road, Richmond
Centerville United Methodist Church: 5-7 p.m., 112 Morton Ave., Centerville
Reid Church parking lot at North B and 11th streets: 5-7 p.m.
Faith-Trinity United Methodist Church: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 2900 W. Main St., Richmond
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 121 S. 18th St., Richmond.
First United Methodist Church: 5:30 -7:30 p.m., 318 National Road W., Richmond
Cambridge City Christian Church: 6-8 p.m., 106 W. Church St., Cambridge City
Richmond, Indiana, October 5, 2015: Join InConcert for our 3rd annual Fright Night in the Depot District on October 24, 2015. This year is a Rocky Horror Picture Show theme! Come enjoy an all you can eat buffet with monster toes, witch’s brew and a lot more, ghoulish drink’s like Vampire’s Kiss, freakishly great music and frightfully fun scavenger hunt in the Depot District. Bring a team of four to sign up for the Depot District Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win cash prizes, and don’t forget our famous costume contest and more games for a chance to win prizes! We’ve added new games and activities for this year’s party.
Good Time for a Good Cause InConcert hosts events throughout the year to support more than 13 non-profits, 100% of the ticket sales for Fright Night in the Depot District will be donated to non-profits. Complete details and advance tickets are available online at www.inconcertrichmond.com.
What: Fright Night in the Depot District
When: October 24th
Where: 1ST Floor at 923 N E Str. Richmond, Indiana (in the old Depot District Market)
Cost: $10.00 in advance online www.inconcertrichmond.com, through one of our participating non-profits, local distribution locations or buy at the door $10.00 if in costume, $15.00 if not in costume. (come on…it’s a Halloween party, come dressed up!) 21 and over only. Includes all you can eat buffet, cash bar available but, is not included in the price of the ticket.
More Information: Visit www.inconcertrichmond.com
Fright Night in the Depot District Activities:
- Depot District Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt: Register between 7:00 and 7:30, begins at 8pm. Teams of 4, chance to cash prizes. Complete details are available online at inconcertrichmond.com.
- Costume Contest: Judging for scariest, most creative and sexiest. Chance to win cash or prizes.
This is an annual event in it’s 7th year organized by Everyday Prophets. The Green brothers of Everyday Prophets, two local guys who now live in Oregon, come back this way every summer to share their love of music at their roots, and have pulled together a great group of musicians yet again.
Gates open at 1:00 for those who want to set up their camp sites early. There will be food vendors like 2 Bear Café, a kids camp with lots of fun activities starting at 2:00, music…lots of music and much more.
Below is a list of confirmed and possible musicians for 2015:
- -Everyday Prophets
– Fresh Hops
– DJ Xacto
– Jones for Revival…
– Adam’s Ale
– Tin Cup Ragtime
– Wyatt Wooding
Possible appearances by:
– Imagine Motion Flow Arts
– Durunda Tribal Dancers
New food vendor:
– jamaican jerk chicken off the grill, grilled veggies, & coconut rice & beans
A special Prophet’s Fest label has been made by
For those who like the late night life, a video of the 3 sets of The Dead playing the Closing of Winterland 1978, will be shown at 1:30 a.m.
The reviews from past attenders on Facebook are amazing with high praise. A truly one of a kind family event, for those who love live music and a fun atmosphere. Tickets can still be purchased at the entry of the Chanticleer Farm on 944 Woods Road, Richmond IN, the day of Prophet’s Fest for 25.00. Kids 12 and under are free.
Press release, GWC
Competitive horseshoe pitchers from all over Indiana and Ohio will converge on the Richmond Clear Creek courts, Saturday, August 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Class A competition starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, and will include players from Plainfield, Kennard, Williamsburg, New Castle, Fountain City, Muncie, Hope, and Arcanum Ohio. Pitchers include Julia Charlton, with a ringer percentage of 58.86, who is a local teacher from Centerville Indiana and one of the top female pitchers in Indiana. The highest percentage for this class of pitchers tomorrow is Phil Gross, from Plainfield Indiana, with a 71.31 percentage.
Class B will take the courts at 2:00 p.m. and includes John Passmore, who is organizing the annual tournament again this year. John has pitched competitively since he was 11 years old, and in his younger years pitched alongside his father at the Clear Creek courts. Horseshoe pitching has been a passion for John, who in his heyday was at the top of the game, winning world tournaments or placing high at a young age. While living in the DC area, Passmore was asked to instruct the then- President George W. Bush in the fundamentals of the game. He spent an afternoon at the White House doing just that, always happy to teach the art of the game to anyone who is interested and honored that is was a sitting President. He also was instrumental in forming leagues and designing courts in the Maryland area.
Class C will also play at 2:00 p.m., and Class D will pitch at 10:00 a.m. alongside the Class A pitchers. Some of the pitchers in the tournment are well-seasoned, having pitched for decades. All pitchers must complete three tournaments prior to the State Horseshoe Tournament in September in order to compete at State level.
If you have never experienced this level of competitive horseshoes before, this is your chance to see some masters at work. The sound of horseshoes hitting the stakes can be a relaxing and exciting experience all at once. The court area is nicely shaded for those who want to enjoy an afternoon watching top notch horseshoe pitching.
Refreshments will be available to purchase for spectators and players, beginning at noon, and will include lemonade, hot dogs, chips and cookies. Come on down and enjoy a great American pastime, while seeing some of the best pitchers Indiana has to offer!