There has been great concern raised regarding the status of the Women’s Resource Center and it's space. The WRC is not closing, nor is it moving at this time. It is clear that miscommunication was at the core of this unfortunate misunderstanding that included students being misinformed and the incorrect impression that the WRC was expendable. Accountability on this accord rests with myself and an earnest apology is owed and given to them and our community.
There is also an apology owed to our Dharmic Faith community, as this has been a long and arduous challenge to their patience and flexibility in attempting to identify a space for which they can use for prayer.
To clarify, the WRC, FMLA, and S.T.A.R. are not yet moving and for the time being will remain in their current spaces. Regarding a space for our students of Dharmic faiths, the Art Gallery in the SCC will be used for that purpose for the time being, but will remain open for use to all and can be scheduled for use through the Chaplaincy. We will be working on appropriate alternate space for art displays. I will also be working with the Student Union on an approach to collaborate on a process for student group space analysis to maximize space efficiency, and student voice in that process.
Thank you to everyone whom either shared a word in passing or sent an email in support of the WRC and the Dharmic Prayer space, which assisted in finding a way to work through these circumstances. Your words were heard, appreciated and were further motivation for desired outcomes that benefit our community.
The Dean of Students Office seeks to build a campus community based upon mutual understanding and consideration and that acknowledges that one's actions must take into account the rights of others.
One of the cornerstones of our community is to identify opportunities for students to learn and practice leadership. We support a variety of social, cultural and educational activities initiated and developed by individual students and student organizations, and within the residence halls. These activities extend the educational mission of Brandeis beyond the walls of the classroom and incorporate our core values: citizenship, integrity, respect, civility, lifelong learning and embracing diversity.
We support the development of a student-directed community — a place where the student voice challenges and directs the shape of the institution. We know that to be effective in that role, students must have both opportunity and the skills to make it work.
Students contribute their opinions at hall meetings and community meetings; as representatives of university committees, student government and clubs and organizations; or through interactions with faculty and senior administration. The success of a student-directed community depends on the acquisition of skills and competencies that enable student to identify and articulate their needs and concerns. Our extracurricular program targets areas that help to develop the whole person — intellectually, physically and spiritually — for individuals and for the Brandeis community.