Hillsdale College taught me that the liberal arts are important. That people, that culture, that thinking are important. Heck, that diversity is important, because it shapes you into a stronger, more diverse, more well-rounded person.
If Hillsdale College’s place in the world is important, if what Hillsdale teaches, lives and believes is important, than everything done and said by representatives of Hillsdale needs to reflect that. If it lacks honor, civility, and virtue it lacks what Hillsdale holds dear.
I had an incredible learning experience at Hillsdale. I consider several professors and administrators friends (or family). Many of my loved ones are graduates of Hillsdale. It’s extremely important to me.
The last five years of Hillsdale College have really disappointed me and I’ve made my grievances known, both to the college and to others, and I will continue to do so. I would love to see a Hillsdale where my students, where my neighbors and my future children could feel that they are a welcome part of the community of learners. Right now I don’t think that’s the case, and it makes me sad. Maybe someday it will be, I don’t know, and then I will gladly encourage everyone to apply to Hillsdale. But my experiences, and many communications from administrators and staff members of the school since 2006, or even since 2002, have suggested that it is not the case, nor is it the direction of the school. It makes me upset, it makes me sad, and as an alum I have tried my darndest to communicate this to people who will listen and perhaps even exact change at the school.
I didn’t write this as a list of grievances or reasons why someone should or shouldn’t enroll at Hillsdale College. Feel free to use the Contact Form to get in touch with me if you want to chat in depth about this.