RYAN ROWAN: I’m a professor at the University of Michigan, and I’m very proud of the role that we play as leaders of the university.
We take sexual assault very seriously and I think that is an issue that should be discussed.
But we also recognize that the university’s mission is to be a leader in education.
I don’t want to speak for every institution in the world, but we as leaders are going to have to talk about it.
When you have a large number of faculty members who are going out and having sexual encounters, it creates a problem that is going to be discussed at length and hopefully it will be resolved.
I think it’s important that we, as leaders in education, talk about these issues.
So I think we should have the conversation, and it’s certainly a big issue, as I think I’ve heard from many students and faculty members, that they think they are not being listened to by their professors.
That the issues they’re facing are not addressed.
I’m not sure that that is the ideal outcome, but I think there’s a bigger divide between what the students want and what the professors want.
I feel like the faculty members are being too passive, and they’re not being proactive in how they’re communicating these issues to students.
And we’ve got to have a conversation about it and try to move forward.
And I think what we’re seeing is that it is a difficult conversation, but at the end of the day, we have to have the courage to have that conversation.
I would be very surprised if students don’t come forward, because if they do, we are going be better prepared to address this issue in a way that is both educational and not punitive.
And that means making sure that we have a safe environment for our students, for our faculty, for the students to feel safe, and to have an environment where we’re not going to punish students. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Professor Rowan, let me bring in your colleague, professor shelly Oberon, who is the president of the American Association of University Professors.
She also has a history of sexual assault allegations.
What can you tell me about the issues she has faced, and what can you say about the university?
RYNA OBERON: We’re a diverse group, and we’re a strong one.
We are a diverse university, and the way we teach is based on our values, our experiences, our work ethic, our commitment to the community, and so forth.
We have a very inclusive student body, and that’s not going away.
We’ve got a very diverse staff, and there are people from all walks of life, people of color, women, men, everybody.
And when you’re dealing with a diverse student body that is coming into a university that is diverse, that’s going to create a more inclusive and respectful environment.
We know there’s going be a lot of conversations that have to happen between students and the faculty, but if we really want to address the issues, we need to have those conversations.
And what I would say is that we are always looking to make changes in the way that we conduct our programs.
And if that means having to be more sensitive to the needs of the women who have been impacted by sexual assault, that would be a good first step.
But, you know, I think as faculty, we’re also committed to the core values of our institution.
We’re not just focused on one aspect of that.
And the things that we do and the ways that we communicate to our students are also very important to us.
So it’s a very, very diverse group of people that we work with, and, as you mentioned, I feel very comfortable with our faculty.
And as we all look to the future, we know that we need more diversity in our faculty as well.
JANET KREENER: Thanks for joining us, RYanna.
RYANA OBERNON: Thank you.