Comments on: Todd Olson faces questions about safe spaces and accessibility concerns at diversity town hall meeting Mon, 09 Nov 2015 02:04:23 +0000 hourly 1 By: Dizzy Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:55:21 +0000 I mean… he would be a pretty shoddy administrator if he just got up there and offered on-the-spot commitments and timetables. It requires some investigation, planning, engagement with other offices and stakeholders, budgeting, etc. etc. to accomplish these sorts of things. It’s not like Dr. Todd just snaps his fingers and makes it so.

And if he did try to do something like that, he would be deeply – and rightfully – resented by all the other staff and stakeholders for making a decision without analysis and input. Yea, bureaucracy is slow, oftentimes too slow, but in the real world things really should happen according to a process, not just ad hoc every time.

This is also why I think the diversity consolidation center thing is overblown: they were testing out an idea with relevant internal stakeholders. If I were in charge, I’m pretty sure I would discuss any ideas like that internally, and extensively, before I was ready to take them outside and see what students or other external stakeholders thought. Treating “we’re talking to people to see whether or not this makes sense” as ‘OMG OLSON HATES WOMEN AND GAYS AND WANTS TO TAKE AWAY OUR SAFE SPACES’ is neither fair nor accurate.

That’s not to say the process wasn’t deficient in some ways and/or couldn’t have been handled better – there’s always room for improvement. But this immediate leap to assuming bad faith on the part of these folks is really unwarranted.