As Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, John is responsible for the overall vision and leadership of the work of equity and inclusion, and collaborates with leaders across campus to fulfill its commitment to full participation. He oversees the offices of the associate dean of equity and inclusion, religious and spiritual life, the Womxn’s Center, Unity House, the LGBTQIA Center and the Title IX coordinator.
Working across departments and divisions in support of the College mission, the Office of Global Initiatives directs Walter Commons programming to facilitate and coordinate the integration of global issues and perspectives into the academic program and campus culture. The office leads efforts to enhance world languages, deepens the global-local engagement dimensions of Connections, and supports the full participation of students, faculty and staff.
Global-Local Engagement Advisers
Beginning in Spring 2018, the Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement will launch a new advising program for off-campus programs.
This program supports Connections by highlighting experiential learning (through study away, internships, applied research, and community engagement) as opportunities to pursue academic studies in real-world and practical contexts. The program is being designed in collaboration with staff from Community Partnerships, Study Away, the Holleran Center, CISLA, and the Office of Career and Professional Development.
Institute of International Education — Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF)
The Scholar Rescue Fund is an international network of higher education institutions that are committed to the protection of threatened scholars around the globe and to promoting the core idea that all people should be free to think.
Connecticut College is proud to be a member of IIE-SRF and to offer support to colleagues who seek refuge in order to pursue their academic lives. From 2014-2016, the College sponsored a Syrian economist through the IIE-SRF program. The College extended an invitation to a Turkish anthropologist in academic year 2016-17; however, political circumstances in Turkey prevented that scholar from joining our community. We are happy to announce that through continued efforts with the SRF we will be welcoming Binalakshmi Nepram, a scholar-activist from India, to campus in January 2018.
Refugee Relief and Education Committee
Based on the recommendation of the Refugee Task Force convened in fall 2015, the Connecticut College Refugee Relief and Education Committee was formally established in Fall 2016.
The committee's charge is to organize the College's response to the humanitarian issues stemming from the refugee crises unfolding worldwide, including in the Middle East, and to develop strategies for ongoing programming that draws on our expertise and resources as an institution of higher learning. As increasing numbers of students, staff, and faculty feel compelled to reach out to local and state organizations assisting newly resettled families in Connecticut, the committee will provide an institutional platform to advance this work.
The committee is currently co-chaired by Professor Catherine Benoit and Melissa Ryan, Assistant Director of the Walter Commons.