UO diversity official defends personnel changes

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Associated Press

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 7:02 AM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — 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 being to campus.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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