- Departmental Secretary
Linda Pardee is the departmental secretary for several academic departments on campus, including classics, comparative American studies, and philosophy. 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.
Pardee also works for Pardee Environmental, and has been employed as the office manager since 1991. She is an activist and this role has taken her on a journey to fight for medical marijuana. She serves on the advisory board for the Ohio Rights Group. An animal lover, she is a foster for two rescue groups, Eskie Rescuers United and the Dachshund Rescue of North America.
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.”