Former admin claims discrimination

first_imgDr. G. David Moss, former assistant vice president of academic affairs, filed a lawsuit in federal court in South Bend against the University and Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann-Harding, in response to alleged discrimination he faced from the administration.  Moss, who now works as an administrator with the South Bend Community School Corp., sued because he was demoted following his condemnation of two incidents of racial discrimination at the University in the spring 2012 term.  The complaint alleges Moss pursued a promotion from his position as assistant vice president of student affairs to associate vice president of student affairs. Subsequently, the complaint asserts Hoffmann-Harding demoted Moss to the post of senior consultant while attempting to arrange his further demotion or termination. Hoffmann-Harding indicated to Moss that she was considering terminating his employment from summer 2012 until August 2013, the complaint claims. Moss supervised the Call to Action movement, an African-American student group, in the spring of 2012 as part of his job duties, the complaint alleges. During this time, the complaint asserts someone or a group of people targeted the group, leaving pieces of fried chicken in the organization’s mailbox on two separate occasions. Moss responded comprehensively and vocally to these racial stereotyping actions on campus, the complaint asserts, and his actions earned significant publicity both on and off campus. His response included supporting the Call to Action movement, calling for investigation of the incidents and planning ways to “address the underlying racism on campus that caused them,” the complaint alleges. Moss sought promotion after his public involvement with the movement, and the complaint alleges Hoffmann-Harding’s subsequent actions in demoting and threatening Moss with termination were motivated by race and in retaliation for Moss’s contributions to the Call to Action student group.  Moss is seeking monetary damages and a judgment that proves the University’s actions were unconstitutional and violated federal employment statutes.  University spokesman Dennis Brown said the University is investigating the complaint. “We are examining the complaint, which we just received, but we’re confident that Mr. Moss was treated fairly during his employment, and we reject the claim that we discriminate,” Brown said. “We also want to make it clear that the incidents that occurred in February 2012 were unacceptable. We have taken them very seriously and – as evidenced by the committee on diversity appointed by [University President] Fr. Jenkins earlier this year – we continue to make every effort to ensure that our campus is welcoming to all.” Brown said the town hall meeting called by the University in response to the discriminatory incidents has been employed as a way to train staff. “The town hall meeting sponsored after the event in 2012 was videotaped, and has been used extensively in training of student affairs staff, including hundreds of residence hall staff and each department within student affairs,” Brown said. “In addition, in collaboration with student leaders and at the suggestion of students, diversity training has been added to freshman orientation and with campus safety officers.” Moss also filed a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). After investigation of his claim, the commission reported that it is “unable to conclude that the information obtained establishes violations of the statutes.” Thomas Dixon, Moss’ attorney, did not respond to requests for comment.  Contact Nicole Michels at nmichels@nd.edulast_img read more

National School Arts Festival 2011

first_img Tweet National School Arts Festival 2011This event is organized by the cultural division every two years. As traditional with every ceremony, it was opened with our National Anthem followed by the welcome done by Chief Cultural Officer; Mr. Raymond Lawrence. Mrs. Justina Charles; Minister of Cultural Division highlighted the importance of the event in showcasing and nurturing our children’s talents.  “The number one sponsor is the Waitikubuli National Trail,” announced the Master of Ceremony Mr. Mikael Ferrol during the proceeds.The first section of the event was the choral section judged by Jennifer White, Ester Robinson, and Mr. Simeon Joseph, the participating schools:  Castle Bruce Secondary ‘draw me close to you’  Convent High School ‘One day’  Dominica Community High School ‘The Banana Song’  Dominica Grammar School ‘We Wish you song’  Dominica Seventh Day Adverntist ‘Get All Excited’  North East Comprehensive ‘Ain’t Got Got Time To Die’  Orion Academy ‘Halleujah’  Pierre Charles Secondary School ‘Don’t Let Me Fall’  Portsmouth Secondary School ‘Imagine Me’Next was the vocal or solo section judged by Ophelia Marie, Michele Henderson and Fred Nicholas. The participating singers and the corresponding schools were: Convent High School – Ms Philadelphia  ‘Colors of the Wind’ Castle Bruce Secondary – Mellisa Morgan   Community High School – Ailda Breedy  ‘The Journey’  Dominica grammar school -Karlyn Wright  ‘Footprints in the sand’ Seven Day Adventist School -Dina Pendenque  ‘How great thou art’  Goodwill Secondary School -Kevin Joseph  ‘Praise you in the storm’ Isaiah Thomas secondary -Carla Henry  ‘My heart will go on’  North East Comprehensive -Chelsea Prince  ‘Waitikubuli Nature Trail’  Nehemiah Comprehensive- ‘New Season’ Pierre Charles Secondary- Amian Dangleben  ‘If I ain’t got you’  Portsmouth Secondary -Jasmine Laville ‘His eye is on the sparrow’  St Martin Secondary -Ms Maureen D  ‘Praise you in the storm’  St Mary’s Academy- Jerome Christopher  ‘Everybody Knows’ Wesley High School -Alkenra John  ‘I believe in you’While the judges deliberated, there were various musical interludes from flutes, recorders and drums.Certificates of participation were given to all the performing schools by Chief cultural officer Mr. Raymond Lawrence.The winners with silver medals were awarded in the choral section to North East Comprehensive and Portsmouth Secondary.In the bronze category medals awarded to Dominica SDA, Dominica Community High School and Castle Bruce Secondary.In the gold category medals awarded to Dominica Grammar School, Convent High School, Dominica SDA school.In the vocal section awards in the silver medal category were St Mary’s Academy, St Martin Secondary and Pierre Charles Secondary.In the bronze medal category those awarded were North East Comprehensive, Convent High School, Dominica Grammar School, Community High School, Isaiah Thomas Secondary, Castle Bruce Secondary, Portsmouth Secondary and Dominica Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School.The gold medalists were Dominica Grammar School, Convent High School and Dominica Seventh Day Adventist.Based on this Judging Criteria the school was given points according to how well they performed, this consisted of:  Tonal Quality (well rounded tone, breath control) 25 points Expression (manipulation of voice for effect, dynamic variation, phrasing with audience) 25 points Musicality (clarity/correct pitching) 25 points  Diction (clarity of words, pronunciation) 15 pointsPresentation (use of stage in context of song/poise) 10 pointsWell deserved mentions to Philadelphia Cadette(Convent High School), Dena Pendenque (Seventh Day Adventist Secondary) and Karlyn Wright (Dominica Grammar School) for their outstanding performances and heart stroking talent.By Jerlyn Williams Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 195 Views   one comment EducationLocalNewsSecondary National School Arts Festival 2011 by: – April 4, 2011 Sharelast_img read more