And so, University of Oregon Board Trustee Ginevra Ralph should be commended for asking what certain cheerleading moves are meant to convey.
As one of the new leaders of Oregon's
flagship university, she
demonstrated educational excellence on multiple levels.
colleagues to engage in a genuine - unrehearsed - discussion about the issue.
Now, thanks to the attention her
question has brought, they probably will have that discussion.
showed them the way this week.
Other board members have probably already done this in private, but they should publicly thank Ralph
for that momentary discomfort her
spoke as one-of-many, not as one-of-one.
led with a question, carefully posed - not a dictate.
Most important decisions that most of us will make in life are the product of just the sort of give-and-take that Ralph
colleagues to undertake. (Not to put too fine a point on it, but many of the subtle signals people exchange around sexuality would benefit from exactly this same sort of verbal give-and-take.)
has shown the way.