Associate Dean of Students leads Dean’s Corner presentation
Associate Dean of Students Carol Bate noted that October is LGBTQ History Month, and there are a variety of events to attend. Today, Sister Outsider will be hosting a workshop from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Alumnae Ballroom and will be performing at 8:30 p.m. in Tishman Commons. October is also National Depression Awareness Month. There are information and tips posted on ‘The Bubble’ on MyWellesley and the self help information section of the Stone Center’s website. Additionally, tomorrow is National Depression Screening Day. October is also Disability Awareness Month. Students who do or believe they may have disabilities are encouraged to visit the Wellesley Disability Services website and services for students with disabilities section of the Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center’s website. In other news, The Leaky Beaker now accepts Flex Points.
Jim Wice presents on Disability Awareness Month
Disability Services Director Jim Wice has been working at Wellesley for more than 16 years and through Disability Services collaborates with students, staff, faculty and guests to provide accommodations for students with disabilities. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was passed to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities in hiring, transportation and other areas. Disability Services at Wellesley seeks to help those with both visible and invisible disabilities. Disability Services will be having a faculty group discussion on Oct. 21, time to be announced, to discuss how they can accommodate disabilities in the classroom.
Additionally, Disability Services is working on three projects. The first is an app that is being developed by Wellesley Computer Science students and faculty that will enable smartphone users to locate ADA-compliant entrances on campus. The second is to have Disability Services representatives on House Councils to inform students about what Disability Services does and to help Disability Services learn what students need. Finally, Disability Services will be conducting interviews with students with disabilities to ascertain what students need from Disability Services.
Director of Sustainability Patrick Willoughby gives presentation
The Sustainability Committee at Wellesley seeks to tackle environmental issues at the college and consists of 16 members and two advisors. On Oct. 14, they will present a sustainability plan that sets the framework for the future of sustainability at Wellesley. This report will include proposed action in the following areas: Sustainable Building Protocol, Landscape, Water Supply, Energy and Climate, Food and Dining, Waste Management and ansportation.
On Monday, Oct. 19, there will be four sessions at four different times and locations, wherein this report will be presented to students; times and locations to be announced. Additionally, on Oct. 14, the website for the sustainability plan will go live. The final plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees in Spring 2016. Students with questions should email firstname.lastname@example.org.