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SKIDMORE COLLEGE
Skidmore grappled
with some social issues that have
been challenging society at large.
Building on last year’s racial-justice activism sparked
by police shootings, the campus community engaged
with legal scholar Charles Ogletree (Skidmore’s 2015
Fiscus Lecturer in Constitutional Law) and with Black
Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza. Ogletree directs
Harvard’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race
and Justice and has been honored by the National Bar
Association, the Museum of Afro-American History in
Boston, and others. Garza, the keynoter for a New York
6 college-consortium meeting at Skidmore, is a director
at the National Domestic Workers Alliance and remains
active in the Black Lives Matter movement.
President Philip Glotzbach joined students and oth-
ers in a weekday “walk-out,” as part of protests across
the country demanding improved race relations and
inclusivity on campuses. Race was also on the agenda
in some Skidmore committees, including consideration
of a student petition for more faculty diversity, more
diversity training, and other measures.
Skidmore’s Wellness Center reopened as an ex-
panded incarnation of the Center for Sex and Gender
Relations, which began in 2001. The Health Promotion
Office continues to lead the training of students as
peer health educators, and now, along with its sexual-
ity lending library, condoms, pregnancy tests, and other
supplies, the center offers resources related to nutrition,
alcohol and drugs, stress, and other wellness issues.
Also, as part of Skidmore’s work to prevent and
address sexual misconduct, this year a staff member
from Wellspring, Saratoga’s sexual-violence resource
center, was available on campus three days a week.
The college also created a full-time position for Title IX
compliance, and new hires have been made in student
diversity programs.
Another guest speaker was media scholar Sut Jhally, di-
rector of the documentary
Tough Guise: Media, Violence
& Masculinity.
Using footage from the likes of Marlon
Brando and James Caan to Dylan Klebold and Tupac
Shakur, it shows how dominance and violence often help
define manhood and explores how males can live outside
those definitions.
Student calls for improved mental-health services, re-
flecting a national movement on campuses, led Skidmore
to expanded Counseling Center hours and offerings.
Hunger, climate change, and other hot topics kept
the campus buzzing with talk, learning, and action.
ADVOCACY
In the spirit of activism
around the country (like this
rally), Skidmore engaged
with social issues from racial
justice to gender equity.
CIVICS, ON CAMPUS AND OFF
TOUGH GUISE
filmmaker and media
scholar Sut Jhally
explores images and
perceptions of masculin-
ity and other social
constructs.
N A T I O N A L I S S U E S
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