Dear Oberlin College Division of Student Life and Services: I recently read your advertisement seeking applications for the position of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/ Transgender/Queer and Questioning Community Coordinator in the Multicultural Resource Center at Oberlin College. I believe that I am perfect for this full-time, twelve-month administrative and professional staff position, which reports to the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Multicultural Resource Center. I am definitely not â€œquestioningâ€ my interest in this position. I am ready to begin as LGBTQQCC ASAP!
In your ad, you mention that the incumbent will have responsibility for assessing and addressing the specific cultural/social/ political needs and concerns of LGBTQQ students while also working with other students who belong to historically disenfranchised communities. Among the other groups you list are: Africana, Asian/Pacific American, Latino/Latina, Native American, and multiracial communities, first-generation and, finally, low-income college students.
I want to make it very clear that I am willing to work with any students who are not both pure bred Caucasian and heterosexual â€“ unless, of course, they are first-generation or poor. Also, as one who is 1/32 Native American I subscribed to the belief that with a single drop of non-white blood one ceases to be a Caucasian. I learned this from my relatives in Mississippi and Alabama.
As a member of the Multicultural Resource Center staff, I understand that the LGBTQQCC acts as a link between the Associate Dean/Director and LGBTQQ students, as well as between the Multicultural Resource Center and the rest of the College communities. I also understand that additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
*Identify the social, cultural, educational, and political needs of LGBTQQ students, as well as those of other student communities.
* Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Associate Dean/Director, assist LGBTQQ students to foster a strong sense of self, to strengthen individual communities, and to build coalitions with other departments and communities.
* Assist the Associate Dean of Students/Director in identifying the concerns of LGBTQQ students, as well as those of Africana, Asian/Pacific American, Latino/Latina, Native American and multiracial communities, as well as first-generation and low-income college students.
* Work as part of a collaborative team that includes the Associate Dean of Students/Director, the Africana Community Coordinator, the Asian/Pacific American Community Coordinator, and the Latino/Latina Community Coordinator.
* Collaborate on diversity and multicultural education workshops and trainings.
* Help to create connections between the LGBTQQ community at Oberlin College and the LGBTQQ community in the greater Cleveland area.
I noted in your ad that you require a B.A. degree in LGBT and Queer Studies, Sexuality Studies, African American Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, or related field. I hope you will consider the fact that my PhD in Criminology was actually granted in a sociology department. In order to get a PhD in a sociology department one has to study at least as much worthless â€œscholarshipâ€ as one has to study to obtain a Queer Studies degree. I hope you agree and will, therefore, consider me to be qualified.
I also noted that you require â€œexperience working with the issues and concerns of LGBTQQ students.â€ I have long recognized the fact that the LGBTQQ community has issues â€“ for example, anti-religious bigotry - and I have addressed their issues in numerous columns. I hope you will, therefore, consider me qualified in this regard.
Among your â€œdesired qualificationsâ€ I noticed you listed â€œexperience working with the issues and concerns of students of color especially within a higher education context.â€ Given the paucity of â€œpeople of colorâ€ at my present institution, UNC-White, I consider this the weak point of my application. I hope you will consider my other strengths including my firm commitment to immediately bring â€œwhiteâ€ and â€œcoloredâ€ restrooms back to higher education. This will be possible after we get rid of the â€œmenâ€™sâ€ and â€œwomenâ€™sâ€ restroom distinction that so clearly discriminates against our LGBTQQ brothers and sisters â€“ as well as those who are not sure whether they are our brothers or our sisters.
Your ad indicates that â€œSalary is competitive and commensurate with experience and skills for an entry level administrative position.â€ I am willing to waive my salary as LGBTQQCC at Oberlin because I am sure that enough material will come from this job to make millions on books, speeches, and columns.
Along with this email, I will send a letter of application, rÃ©sumÃ© and the names and addresses of three references to: LGBTQ Community Coordinator Search, Oberlin College, 135 West Lorain Street, Wilder Hall 105, Oberlin, OH 44074.
I will also urge other academic dissidents to do the same.