Dear Members of the Miscellany News Editorial Board:
We were disappointed you did not go to the source when writing your editorial “Career Development resources benefit some over others” (4/21/16). The piece contained myriad inaccuracies, including a claim that the CDO provides “little outreach” to first generation and low-income students. In fact, the CDO intentionally emphasizes this work. This year alone, we collaborated with Transitions to host eight separate workshops and events, drawing a cumulative attendance of more than 225 first-generation and low income students. At our most recent event, Finding Empowerment in Your Everyday Activities, student leaders discussed the importance of extracurriculars, wage labor, and the skills they provide.
Additionally, the CDO facilitated or co-hosted a variety of sessions for all students related to “life beyond Vassar,” including four budgeting workshops, two renting workshops, and 15 alumnae/i panels and career chats featuring a variety of majors and industries (including psychology, film, and music). We continued our programming partnerships with the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development, Women’s Center, ALANA Center, Office for International Services, and Questbridge, as well as with a number of student organizations, including the Business Club, Council of Black Seniors, and Vassar Alliance of Women in Foreign Affairs. We always welcome the opportunity to collaborate with academic departments and student organizations to provide relevant and timely programming for all students.
Space prohibits us from correcting all the errors in the editorial. We invite any student to come in and meet with us to learn more about the programs and resources we offer, or to provide constructive feedback.
Director, CDO & Assistant Dean of Studies
Tyler Fultz ‘15
Fellow in Career Development and Co-coordinator, Transitions Program