Coretta Scott King Center employee Ona Harshaw
is still vested in helping the young center begin its mission to educate about social justice and diversity.
...Harshaw, an administrative staff member who had been with the college three years, received one month's pay and two months of health insurance coverage.
job as the -coordinator of the Bonner Scholar program at the Coretta Scott King Center on Friday
too knew that she
cared too much about the center to leave it completely.Though the college had not been a stable place of employment in the three years she
was there, she
believed that sustaining its connection to the Yellow Springs community she
grew up in was vitally important for both the village and the students who attended Antioch
Antioch College students worked in the village when she
was young as naturalists in Glen Helen, Girls Scout leaders, student teachers, at the theater, and other places in town.And as the leader of the Bonner service program, she
worked hard to place college students in nearly every service organization in the community, including the schools, Friends Care Community, Home, Inc., the Riding Centre, and the Children's Center
went through the stages of grief that included anger at the college for its lackluster leadership.But she
has come through that stage with clarity of purpose to move forward in her
professional life and to help the college and the center to pick up as many pieces as possible and keep going, she
Hope for the college's futureThough they felt the weight of the college's impending closure, many of the employees the News spoke with were still committed to the college and still carried hope that it would pull through. Harshaw left the college believing in the alumni's efforts to keep the college open.
Their monumental goal of raising $40 million to put the college back on its feet has a chance of succeeding, and she
plans to do all she
can to help, she
said.And as she
isn't working full-time again yet, she
will have even more time to devote to that cause.
"There's always a chance it won't happen, but this is the only way it could.I really feel this is where it had to go for people to say, 'okay, I'll pick up the gauntlet,'" she
said."It's going to be this Titanic struggle, but let's just see if we can do it!"
Perry feels that the few employees who are left to staff each office at the college will be doing the work that a whole office used to do, and she
is ready to support them as they usher the last class of students through this year.