UO Diversity Official Defends Personnel Changes

EUGENE, Ore. —A University of Oregon administrator defended her decision to restructure the Office of Equity and Inclusion and demote three vice presidents.

The head of the office, Yvette Alex-Assensoh, held her first public meeting Wednesday on campus and answered questions from about 50 students, alumni and university employees.

The Register-Guard reports ( http://bit.ly/VRlGKN) additional town hall meetings are scheduled Thursday and Friday.

Alex-Assensoh says she’s changing the office structure to infuse diversity into the workings of the university.

A member of the Native American Student Union, Nadine Swartout, told her she feels the university no longer values the cultural differences Native Americans bring to campus.