The recent termination of former Physical
Facilities Vice President Kenneth Moncayo, the universitys
highest-ranking Hispanic/Latin@ official, spurred community
leaders to send a letter of concern to President Karen
In the letter, Hispanic Oversight Committee (HOC) Chair
José Castro and Organization of Hispanic Faculty
and Staff (OHFS) Co-Chairs Ernesto Escoto and Raúl
Herrera acknowledged the universitys need
for periodic reorganization but questioned why
there was no attempt to take advantage of Mr.
Moncayos experience and skills in another
The letter praised Moncayo for his dedication to the
Hispanic/Latin@ community, his work recruiting Latin@
staff, and for co-chairing the OHFS in the 2004-05 academic
year, among other efforts. The Hispanic leaders expressed
concern that Moncayos termination undermines
the Universitys Diversity Action Plan to develop
the most welcoming campus in the nation.
Attracting, developing, and retaining talented
faculty and staff, including top ranking administrators,
plays an important role in the successful recruitment
of an academically gifted and culturally diverse student
body, enriching the lives of all on campus, intellectually
and culturally, the letter said.