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A good man who has done a tremendous job for te university and thousands of students lucky enough to have crossed his path!
A well deserved tribute to a very hard working and talented professor. Congratulations, Fred, on a career well lived!
At KU, there are hundreds of student and faculty organizations specifically segregated by race, religion, sexual orientation and gender. Examples include The Black Faculty and Staff Council, Lambda Council, African Students Association, Muslim Student Association, Women in Law and the list goes on and on. If the concept of diversity is so important, why are all these organizations formed to separate people into like groups? Why is diversity important at all?
Good for you, Fred!
As for the trolls who seem to be the only people out there, I wish for your hearts and minds to find a way to contribute positively to a conversation as Dr. Rodriguez did for many years!
That said, I commend Dr. Rodriguez and many others who brought the PDS program to reality at KU. I was lucky enough to have been in the original (experimental) year…anyone remember how we would laugh at being the experiments? Anyhow, it wasn’t, and ISN’T, just about skin color. Never was.
It’s about fair and responsible treatment for all students and people. Have a kid with a disability? Want the best for that beloved child? Can you say diversity, equity? Have a female child? Want her to have all the opportunities she deserves? I thought so… That is what the program is about. That is what Dr. Rodriguez and the rest of our professors helped people get better at doing.
Probably time to get down off my soapbox. Good luck in all you do, Fred. By the way, other Rodriguez’ have made great, positive contributions to children and education! Your family “walks the walk”. Take good care of each other!!
I knew xenophobia would rear its ugly head sooner or later.
What a waste of money. What does this guy really do? In the private sector this would be an additional duty for some poor smuck which could be completed once every 6 months. No wonder higher education is so expensive. Get out of bed and go to work every day and no one would care what color your skin is.
Hopefully someday we'll get past defining diversity in terms of skin color, get back to defining a university in terms of the diversity of ideas, thought and expression, and get back to defining equity or equality in terms of opportunity rather than wealth re-distribution.
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