Letter to the Editors
An important part of the college experience is finding one’s voice. This is accomplished through a variety of experiences including classroom discussions and writing assignments, student clubs and organizations, and simply sharing thoughts over a cup of coffee in between classes. There are also more formal avenues for students to express themselves such as writing for The Rider News or presenting their work at an academic meeting or as part of the on-campus ISCAP day event. As Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I can think of no greater validation of one’s learning than the ability to engage in informed dialog addressing the pressing matters of the day.
Thus, I was pleased to learn that Tapestry is launching Perspective Z, its new online Op-Ed publication. I look forward to seeing how this outlet contributes to the Rider community and the conversations taking place around campus. Mirroring what is happening at the national level, in today’s political climate it can be difficult to separate the information from the noise. Sadly, the rhetorical strategy of bdelygmia (look it up!) feels more natural than genuine inquiry. Are we truly interested in learning about the perspectives of others? The value in having a plurality of voices is lost if an effort isn’t made to understand those with whom we disagree. Similarly, diversity in a community must be more than simple presence. That is why coupling diversity with inclusion and equity is so critical. It is not enough to have diversity; we must also ensure access to the open exchange of ideas. I have every expectation that Perspective Z will do just this: help to create more avenues for increasing participation in civil and constructive communication at Rider. That is, to help more Rider students find their voices.
Dr. Jonathan Millen
Dean | Professor of Communication