Theresa Brostowitz Candidate Statement 2020

I am a proud UO alumna and have worked in higher education for over 10 years in multiple functional areas including University Advancement, Commuter Life, Housing and Residence Life, Retention Initiatives, and Academic and Career Advising. I currently serve as an Academic and Career Advisor in Tykeson College and Career Advising. What I enjoy most about my role as an advisor is helping a student move from confusion and anxiety regarding navigation of university policies to being informed and empowered to make intentional decisions about their educational journey.

I value and champion the streamlining and simplification of university procedures and policies in order to make them more inclusive and accessible for both students and staff. Complex processes can create intended and unintended barriers as they historically have been developed by and meant to benefit individuals with significant dominant culture navigational capital. I believe rigorous standards, quality education, and accessibility are not mutually exclusive. By simplifying and thinking critically about university processes, we can remove oppressive and invalidating barriers and give more staff and students the opportunity to fully realize their potential and contribute to the advancement of the University of Oregon community and communities beyond.

Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy.

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