Appoint Evette Walters as the Director of Academic Advising
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Evette Walters is currently the Associate Director of Academic Advising, and has been at Clark University for over 20 years. She has also been an incredible support network for students Clark's campus, specifically students of color. She has also been the advisor for the Caribbean and African Student's Association (CASA) for over 5 years. The decision to not hire Evette as the Director of Academic Advising following Dean Mckenna's retirement is not only a blow to Evette, but to all the students of color who depend so heavily on Evette for support on a predominately white campus. For someone who has dedicated such a big part of their life to the Clark community, and taking on positions that are not required of them in their job description, it is shocking to us that she did not receive the position.
Last fall, when the hurricanes ravished the Caribbean Islands, Evette was there 24/7 as a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on for many of our Caribbean students dealing with such a hard time in their lives. When students of color are underperforming academically and are feeling the pressure of navigating a predominately white institution, Evette has been available as their guide. Evette is one of the administrators to truly support student events by being physically present and bringing her family along to attend, even on weekends. Evette is a true hero when it comes to supporting students both academically and personally.
Due to Evette's dedication and years of service in Academic Advising, it is disappointing that she did not receive this position. There is no one better at holding this position than Evette. She knows the logistical side of things, but she is also aware of the needs of students. Please sign this petition to bring our concerns to President Angel, and the rest of the Clark administration, in an effort to encourage them to rethink their decision and its impacts.
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