SMC Interim President addresses issues of diversity, inclusion

first_imgOn Tuesday night, Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board hosted a discussion and Q&A during which students were invited to ask Interim Saint Mary’s President Nancy Nekvasil questions on issues surrounding diversity and inclusion on campus. Chair of the Board of Trustees Mary Burke, vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson, director of multicultural services Gloria Jenkins and vice president for mission Judy Fean also attended the event. Junior Jazmin Herrera, vice president of Student Diversity Board (SDB), said the Q&A was held in order to address concerns regarding the resignation of Jan Cervelli and the continuation of the College’s diversity and inclusion efforts.“We are all supporters of creating an inclusive community here at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “SDB along with other students are concerned as to where the College is now heading, with the goal of achieving a welcoming environment for all students. We ask this because [former] President [Jan] Cervelli was not only committed to achieving this goal but was also open to working with SDB to make this happen.”Nekvasil said that, going forward, the College will continue to focus on diversity, inclusion and equity. “I think that [diversity and inclusion] start with at least discussing things openly,” she said. “I will tell you that faculty, at least for several years even before President Cervelli came, were required to go to community events that dealt with diversity, inclusion and equity. We now have an interim director of diversity and inclusion, Leslie Wang, whose job this year is to help us define what this looks like so that we can actually begin to make a few more strides.”The College will continue to develop as a community that fosters diversity and inclusion as well as a community that focuses on retention as much as recruitment, Nekvasil said. “We can’t just do the recruiting part, both for students, faculty and staff, we have to form a community that welcomes people and that accepts people for who they are, where they are,” she said. “Unfortunately, you can’t change human behavior, but what we can do is try and get more and more people who believe in treating other people with respect and dignity.”Regarding diversity and inclusion, vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson said the administration has created the position of director of First Year experience and retention. The director, Shay Jolly, will report to both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and track student experience from their first consideration of the College to the first semester of their sophomore year. Johnson said the Office of Student Affairs investigates every complaint of bias and harassment brought to it, although there are many cases not reported to Johnson and her team. “Every complaint that comes through our office is investigated and handled through our code of student conduct process, which is a confidential process,” she said. “The big problem for me, though, is that very few complaints make it to my office. Students tell faculty, staff or each other about something that’s happened on campus and they never go online and file out a bias report. We can’t investigate things we don’t know about.”As the campus grows more diverse, the issues surrounding diversity and inclusion become more complex. Gender identity and transgender identities are at the forefront of this conversation, and Johnson said the College has a practice set in place for accepting transgender students. “Saint Mary’s doesn’t have a policy we have a practice,” she said. “To admit students, they must legally be women, either born as a woman or transgendered into a woman legally, but we do graduate students. So, if a student is here, comes in as a woman, starts the transition process, lives as a man, starts becoming a man, they are going to be able to finish their classes and graduate from here. The only time we would say no to a student is if they identified, legally, as a male.”Nekvasil said, especially with issues of diversity and inclusion, she will try to make things as transparent as possible for students, faculty and staff. “The vice president and I have met three or four times since this has happened, so we are really serious about making some headway, making things work, making decisions and moving ahead,” she said. “We hope that very soon there will be real action that you will see. I also want to be really transparent, so I want to meet with groups periodically, so that you know what we’re doing.”At the Q&A, several students brought issues of socioeconomic and racial disparity at the College to Nekvasil’s attention, including the disparity present in the room, as the number of those in attendance at the SDB diversity and inclusion Q&A were significantly less than those at the student assembly beforehand. Nekvasil said she will always give the same message no matter the crowd. “The message that I would give to you, I would give to that full crowd that was here before, and that’s not going to change,” she said. ”It’s not going to be a different message.”Tags: Diversity, inclusion, Nancy Nekvasil, saint mary’slast_img read more

A mega-mansion with a lift is on the market for $3.795 million

first_imgThe home features indoor-outdoor livingThe north-facing property at 13 Promontory Precinct has 30m of water frontage and offers views of the Broadwater and Marina.“Our family takes the boat out whenever we get the opportunity, we have had a few great weekends spent at Moreton Island or Tangalooma,” Phillips said.“The other really attractive part about the position of the home is that there is an open speed limit through the Broadwater and it makes for great entertainment watching boats and jet skis go by.“I can see my boat at the marina from my balcony as well.”The mansion sits on a 661sq m block. Inside it has a stylish gas fire place in the living room and a chandelier which adds a touch of elegance to the dining room.A lift services three levels of the expansive home while the basement is home to Phillips’ five cars. 13 promontory precinctTAKE the lift up to the games room, dive into the infinity pool or idle the day away in the library – this four-level mega mansion was designed to make you feel like you are on a permanent holiday.It is no wonder then, that the homeowner, Glen Phillips, describes the house as the perfect place to take a break. The infinity edge pool is to dive forWant more amazing pools? Dive in…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Mod Pools00:53 Related videos 00:53Mod Pools00:26Pool Trends 201701:19Dream Home: Buderim Qld07:32Some of the best pools in Australia00:37Pool Inspiration00:40How to keep your pool area safe“Ephraim Island is an awesome place to live,” Phillips said.“I always comment to my friends that it feels like you’re leaving a holiday every time you drive over the bridge to the mainland.” 13 promontory precinct“We are moving to Sovereign Island, I don’t think we could go back from the island lifestyle,” Phillips said.The open-plan living and dining areas lead out through stacker doors to an outdoor dining area, which overlooks the solar heated infinity edge pool.The main bedroom, which has views of the water, also has an ensuite with a spa bath.The home also has an open plan study area with built in cabinetry.center_img 13 promontory precinct“The basement is one of my favourite things and its perfect for a car enthusiast who want their ‘toys’ in one place,” Phillips said.“We did some updates on the home last year, nothing dramatic because we really love the design of the home.”The mansion has recently been painted, has new carpets and designer furnishings.The house has been decked out with bold and glamorous interiors from Gold Coast based interiors, Roberstons. The lift is featured in the kitchenPhillips and his wife Mary bought the home in 2010 after moving to the Gold Coast from Darwin.“We were really attracted to the island lifestyle and the security,” The father-of-two said.“This style of living was new to Mary and we have really fallen in to the ease of it all.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoPhillips said the home wasn’t beachfront but he described it as still being an ultra-modern beach house.It has a timber staircase, timber floorings and marble feature walls in the living room.last_img read more