Priscilla Childress, Wes Pratt, Rachael Knight, Mike Stout, Peng Zhang, Matt Morrow, Mary Ann Rojas, Ryan Reed, Linda Ramey-Greiwe, Dominiece Holyfield, Lawrence Anderson, Chis Craig, Monica Villa Meza, Daezia Smith, Ravyn Brooks, Jordan Upchurch, Gilbert Brown, Denise Lofton, John Oke-Thomas, Devin Scherer, Elizabeth Sobel
Ryan DeBoef, Suzanne Shaw, Dee Siscoe, Kristan Gochenauer
Call to order
The meeting was called to order by Ryan DeBoef, chief of staff, at 3:30 p.m.
The committee was given a copy of the 2015-16 Diversity Programs and Actions Inventory. The intention of this document is to highlight the University’s noteworthy diversity programs and actions during the 2015-16 academic year at a high level.
Presentation of reports
Mike Stout, chair of the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee, reported on the Report of Recommendations from the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Climate Study Follow-Up on Diversity and Inclusion. The Ad Hoc Faculty Committee was charged by Faculty Senate to look into recommendations of the Diversity related Climate Study with a focus on diversity hiring, diverse faculty retention, and the curriculum. In order to reach the outlined goal, the committee pulled all recommendations related to the charge, ranked priorities in terms of importance and researched best practices and examples from peer institutions. Through this process, they identified eleven recommendations.
Wes Pratt, chief diversity officer, reported on the Climate Study Response Task Force Report, which includes 2015 Climate Study Recommendations as well as Climate Study Response Task Force Priorities.
Large group discussions
Committee members were asked to discuss and recommend University priorities for 2016-2017 based on the reports presented. These priorities will be input into the University-wide priority setting process.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.