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Medaille College Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Kenya K. Hobbs reflects on how many inequities have become increasingly apparent in recent times, especially as they relate to learning environments and opportunities. He shares how educators can make a paradigm shift to help bridge these opportunity gaps and mentor these students rather than seeing them through a deficit lens.
To avoid making the same mistakes that led to inequities in the past, we must be able to do the work and show our work. That means talking about Critical Race Theory, continuously engaging in uncomfortable conversations, and doing the work. This will help us avoid making the same mistakes and will remind us that change is an ongoing process rather than a one-time event.
In his latest article, Director of Diversity & Inclusion Kenya Hobbs recognizes that some discomfort and growing pains are part of the beauty of change. “In order to realize the full beauty and benefit of living and working in a welcoming, inclusive and diverse environment where everyone experiences a sense of belonging, we must commit to the work,” he says.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Director of Diversity & Inclusion Kenya Hobbs focuses on the lessons he has learned from women throughout his life, from his own daughters to some of the dynamic women leaders at Medaille College.
As we celebrate Black History Month, Director of Diversity & Inclusion Kenya Hobbs reflects on the Black pioneers who overcame unthinkable challenges in the fight for civil rights in this country. He outlines their refusal to quit, even in the face of tremendous challenges, as an example we can collaboratively follow to make a positive impact in our communities.
Director of Diversity & Inclusion Kenya Hobbs reflects on the latest challenges our nation is facing, and sets out five resolutions that can help us all as we navigate these tumultuous and uncertain times together. “Making the world better begins with making you better,” he says.
Director of Diversity & Inclusion Kenya Hobbs reflects on the challenges our nation has faced in 2020, but shares how positivity, hope and togetherness are critical in navigating the path forward.
“We need better lenses from which to view, face and resolve the challenges ahead of us. Our collective vision needs correcting, and this requires tackling hard topics that will expand and elevate our consciousness.” — Director of Diversity & Inclusion Kenya Hobbs
"In this seminal moment in our nation’s history, it is important that institutions of higher education be actively engaged in creating platforms and starting dialogues that challenge us to reason together, and be open to these discussions, recognizing that anything that is not talked about doesn’t just go away."
President Dr. Kenneth M. Macur provides a statement regarding the death of George Floyd, and lays out Medaille’s detailed plan for diversity, equity and inclusion at the College.