Linda Pardee is the departmental secretary for English. She is also a trained mediator/facilitator for the Oberlin College Yeworkwha Belachew Center for Dialogue (YBCD). Using the social justice model of mediation, YBCD mediators help all parties recognize differences in power and privilege, and address issues such as race, class, gender, and sexuality, so that all parties can be supported and have their voices heard.
While employed at the college, she served as the second vice president and webmaster for O.C.O.P.E., the union representing administrative assistants on campus. She was integral in negotiating a fair contract for members in 2010, and served on the Grievance Committee for several years, where she helped develop resolutions to conflicts that had arisen between labor and management.
Her philosophy on life follows a quote from a British philosopher, Bertrand Russell: “The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real estate, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.”