Steve Schall has been working for the university for 18 years, yet out of all the students I asked, not one had heard his name before.
So is it a privilege to have your existence recognized? For some of us, it is. The Resident Custodial Services at Ohio University are rarely seen, let alone thanked, for the vital work they provide to the campus area.
“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” – Ralph Ellison
For more on the topic of work-related invisibility, read Peter Magdola’s, “Teaching, Learning, and Campus Custodians: Untidying the Conceptualizations of Wisdom in the Academy.”