To date, we had never served anyone with disabilities (physical or cognitive), but Judy, in her calm and confident way, re-assured me it could be done. Looking back, neither one of us was sure about the "how" but the desire was certainly there.
For every Sheryl Sandberg advocating women to Lean In, for every Marissa Meyer, the CEO of Yahoo, who's proving that women can have it all, billions of women around the world are not just marginalized but brutally victimized.
Chen's rebelliousness, which make him admirable when pitted against a repressive regime, seem to have made the simple end of a fellowship a significant PR liability for a, presumably, well-intended NYU.
The topic changes should not be entirely surprising, as these were announced in February -- although the lack of freedom for a student to compose a topic of their own choice will still be hard to swallow.
If the corporate thinking that places profits over our own humanity has begun to invade the American university system, causing it to bow to pressure from some of the worst human rights violators in our world today in favor of expansion into the Chinese market, it has gone too far.
After his James Bond-like escape from house arrest with a broken foot in the dark last spring, blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng slipped to the U.S. embassy in Beijing -- and special arrangements took him to asylum at NYU Law School. And now Chen is being asked to leave NYU.
Upon closer examination of the latest no confidence votes, some trends emerge: a rejection of university leadership styles that echo those of corporations, a desire for transparency, and student involvement through protests and social media.