Students participate in staged protests outside meetings with the Board of Trustees.
Though our actions helped to delay the closing of the office, ultimately, the campaign did not succeed. Eight months later, at a time when so many other design schools were opening centers for public engagementâ€”encouraging students to ground their academic work in relationship with communityâ€”ours was being shut down. The closing of ope would become a spark for a series of actions over the next few months, including a faculty-wide no confidence vote. We continued to stay involved in the conversation, speaking out through news agencies about our experience with the Office of Public Engagement; about the broken state of discourse on our campus; and about the need for our institution to build connections within the Providence community.
1 Young, Jeff. "A college unfriends its social networking president." The Chronical of Higher Education, May 1, 2011