February 20, 2019 The Signal page 11
Opinions Career fair should include more diversity Liberal arts options lack fair representation
By Maddi Ference
Resumes are polished, suits are pressed and business cards are stacked. The only thing this year’s senior class needs is for an employer to take a chance and say, “you’re hired.” As the College’s seniors, and some underclassmen, begin searching for internships and frantically applying for any opportunities that are relevant to their degrees, the College is working to make the process as stress-free as possible. The Spring Career and Internship Fair features dozens of employers looking for ambitious students who are eager to jumpstart their careers and enter the real world with some security. But when scrolling through Handshake’s list of employers registered for the event, I find that there aren’t many companies searching for students studying arts and communication. It seems that every other listing has something to do with finance, accounting, technology or engineering. While that’s great for students in those respective schools, it leaves everyone else to fend for themselves and hopefully find a job on their own. The career fair is geared toward students going into business and science fields, which speaks to the College’s
emphasis on the success of this particular group. The lack of opportunities for students in the humanities, whether intentional or not, feeds into the current theory circulating in basic education systems that the only careers that will bring a candidate success are in business or technology because “that is the way society is evolving.” Although some people are more creatively driven, society discourages students from those professions since there is more of a demand for technology-driven jobs. I, along with my peers studying communication, understand that the world is becoming more technology-driven, but that should not mean that liberal arts and creativity are less important and less likely to bring a person success. As a society, we should be celebrating all different kinds of success, rather than put such an emphasis on business and technology. Not only should we learn to appreciate the humanities and encourage students to enter these fields, but we should also acknowledge the opportunity to blend technology and liberal arts, rather than separate the two. Steve Jobs once quoted the importance of liberal arts and humanities in the unveiling of the iPad 2. The tech guru said, “It is in Apple’s
The College offers a competitive program for creative students. DNA that technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.” If Steve Jobs can understand and emphasize the importance of technology and liberal arts, I am confident that the
College can too. I urge the College to provide more opportunities for those students who want to be successful outside of finance and engineering. This is an institution that is revered for different types of accomplishments by students of all majors— not just business and technology.
Letter to the Editor: Alumni stand with UMF assault survivors We stand united as alumni of The College of New Jersey and speak from our experiences as former community members and leaders to express our unwavering support of sexual assault survivors and University of Maine at Farmington students Chloe Woodward and Sierra. As former students of the institution at which President Kathryn Foster presently serves, we were deeply disappointed to learn that, while at UMF, President Foster overturned a disciplinary sanction that would have created a learning and living environment in which survivors of sexual violence could find safety and justice. We represent former Residential Education members, campus ambassadors, student workers, Student Government members, student organizational leaders, academic awardees, organizers of multiple social justice initiatives and more. We have seen the impact that sexual assault has on individuals in our own lives and believe that it’s important to acknowledge
the significance of overturning a decision that had the potential to create an environment in which a survivor could begin to heal. For those of us who are survivors of sexual violence, we know what society plants into our subconscious and what we must grapple with as we heal –– the overturning of the reality of being raped into something lesser, something to be quieted, forgotten and rejected for fear of the risk of being told that we are false, drink too much, dress too revealing or that the perpetrator’s reputation is too precious. President Foster’s overturning of the sanction and additional recommendation for Chloe to seek “alcohol counseling” perpetuates a victim-blaming culture that prevents victims of sexual assault from reporting in the first place. Many institutions, including the College, have spent the last several years working to improve institutional responses to sexual assault. However, efforts to create campus communities in which survivors are supported
and provided justice are harmed when community members –– whether students, faculty or staff –– demonstrate utter disregard for the rights and needs of survivors. Some of us were involved in anti-violence efforts at our alma mater, and that work fuels our determination that President Foster’s actions stand in opposition of the need for students at the College to be served by leaders that prioritize their safety and well-being. Further, efforts to seek justice for survivors of sexual violence do not exist in a vacuum; we recognize the work of students at the College who we see fighting for racial justice. President Foster recently listened to feedback from the College community concerning racism on the College’s campus. She listened and set out provisions for creating a more inclusive community. We, as alumni, hope President Foster keeps listening to the campus community and look to her to take action to rebuild the trust of students facing and healing from power-based
violence at the College. We, as alumni, are listening. To Chloe Woodward and Sierra: We hear you. We believe you. We stand with you. We hurt for you. We know you deserved better. We thank you for your bravery and your pursuit of justice and truth. Co-signed, E. Rosie Driscoll, ’18 Meagan Loo ’15 Thelma Teresa Carrera ’18 Yadira Santos ’18 Yuleisy Ortez ’18 Kathryn Bednarsky ’18 Bailey Falco ’18 Tabiya Ahmed ’16 Derek Carper ’17 Erin Shannon ’16 Kayla Termyna ’17 Jessica Van Lorre ’07 Christopher Testa ’17 Mary-Elizabeth Thompson ’17 Alex Sánchez ’16 Gabe Salazar ’18 Vanessa Fiore ’18 Alexander Moskal ’16 Laura Brennan ’18 Jennifer Loughran ’18
Becky Celestina ’16 Taylor Scott ’18 Bridget Quinn ’17 Alli Londres ’18 Jack Marr ’16 Katie Yorke, ’16 Emma Young ’18 Reid Maglione ’17 Michael O’Connor ’18 Katie Yorke ’16 Jenn Resnick ’16 Alyssa Hess ’16 Kyle Greco ’14 Emily Mullin ’17 Chloe Yelle ’18 Emily Bent ’03 Cara Bronander, ’16 Caroline Curtinez ’18 Maria Guerra ’18 Lauren Langbein ’14 Elysia Jones ’18 Emma Van Der Heide ’18 Ashley Van Riper ’17 Jennifer Hill ’10 Sondra Nieradka ’18 Amanda Parks ’14 Nikhil Porecha ’16 Tamara Fuentes ’17 Emily Fuentes ’18 Andrew Fenwick ’18 Aditi Mahapatra ’17 Shaziya Ahmed ’18
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