New Director of Community Living, Candace Doane, is not tall. She keeps her dark brown hair cut short, an inch or two below her ears. When I spoke to her a few weeks ago, she looked tired, but satisfied by her day at work.
Over winter break, Ms. Doane was promoted to Director of Community Living, replacing Scott Eckhardt, who resigned in August 2012 and had previously held the analogous position of Assistant Dean of Community Living. According to Deborah Lupton, Vice President for Human Relations, Ms. Doane was chosen for a number of reasons, including support from upper members of the administration, as well as her role of associate director and interim leader of Community Living after Mr. Eckhardt’s resignation.
Tucked away in a secluded corner of Pearlstone is a space designated for listening and confidentiality. Called the safe space, the room serves as the destination for the college’s peer listening program for which students serve as a support system for their fellow Gophers.
The 18 peer listeners receive in-depth training, including over 60 hours in the space, as part of acceptance to the program. In its third year, the service is co-directed by founder Roshelle Kades ’10 and chaplain Cynthia Terry.
Using the logo, a conglomeration of Chinese characters, representing the words eyes, ears, attention and heart, the program’s purpose is to “create a service where students feel like they can come to someone who is genuinely listening to them in a very complete way,” said Kades.