I need to meet with a lot of you individually next week about the video: Kathleen, Missy, Jessica. And Dave, we need to meet about the Pledge of Respect. This week I have been working on the video and I will try and have something typed up to bring to the meeting but I can't guarantee anything. I have a ton of school work to finish up this week.
I have bee relatively busy since I left I have gone throuhg almost every school that we wold look
at as a peer and have found nothing that res34mbles the RI or Di whichever it is called now. This is good for stating a case as to why we want one here also encouraging to me was a fragmented array of really good programs that I
have found may schools have started to incorporate things like diversity trainings mentor programs and faculty and grad and student researcxh opps so I think there are good precendents out there for may ofd the things we could
incorporate into one place. I have also found more projets and centers focused on seperate underrepresented groups and not ones on the interactions and relationships of all or many. Nate, If you want I have the names of several videos that were made in other places that fall along the lines of your project, Jess I also have a lot of leads for you if you want.
Well, I've been working on my recommendations this week and now I'm up to about 9-10 pages. whew! I've talked to Jim Buch the Associate VP of Student Affairs, Jan Oliver the Assistant VP, and Lorraine Davis of Academic Affairs. I will also meet with Susan Lysek of ALS on Thursday morning. Jim Buch gave me alot of really good ideas (and a TON of data) on student recruitment and retention. Some of the ideas include making the application process easier so that we can have a larger pool of canidates, and hopefully more underrepresented students apply. One suggestion is using the questionaire from the SAT scores that are sent to the school as one way a student can submit their application. A secondary and smaller questionaire would be sent to confirm pertinent info. Another suggestion is to encourage the use of the application fee deferrment program and have financial aid "take up" the fee in their package that they offer. Jim also said that the recruitment numbers for African Americans and Native Americans in particular are very low. He said this
is possibly from the low numbers that graduate from high school. We talked about ways that we can identify outstanding underrepresented canidates and make a personal effort to recruit them. A promising possiblity is also to expand the Ducklink program, where high school students can take up to 8 credit hours for no cost (except for
school/incidental fees) to make it sort of a headstart program to fulfill some basic university requirements such as WR 121 and math. Hopefully we can get them interested enough to come to the UO.
Jan Oliver and I talked mostly about staff and administrative R&R and about the possibility of an insitutional diversity plan. I won't bore you of all the many details of our meeting (not that the meeting itself was boring, but there were so many points that we discussed that it would be more benificial for a small summary.) For staff, we talked about how they
are the most underrespected group on campus. For Admin, we talked about the possiblity of mentorship/internship programs to help facilitate career development and to combat the feeling of isolation and non-support that
some junior admin face. Jan was very keen on the idea of the insitutiional plan.
Lorraine Davis and I discussed faculty R&R. She told me a bit of history of some very ballsy plans and initiatives of the past. An important detail that I found was that the monies that used to be administered through her office for bringing faculty canidates to campus (which included about $1000 for bringing a minority canidate) was now rolled into
a single fund and given to each Dean to dispense that their will. No central accountablity exists for how that money earmarked in the past for diversity recruitment is spent. Again, we need to hold the deans accountable for diversity initatives. All the Deans now know about Dean Melnick's requirement for the submission of a plan for diversity before
any search can go forward. About 2-3 deans have expressed interest in starting something similar in their school. We also talked about how some departments have mentoring programs for tenure track faculty. She also expressed how frustrated she is with a lack of vision for diversity on our campus and suggested that the Provost and the President come up with some kind of shared vision that is "doable".
I think that this week has really convinced me of the need for an institutional plan for diversity and a mechanism for accountability.
Out of Town on Vacation (Three Sisters Area/ PCT)
Well, I spent this last week meeting with students and faculty. I am basically presenting my ideas and getting some feedback so as to do some fine tuning for my proposal. The process for change is going very slowly though. I run into closed doors down just about every avenue I pursue. I spoke with the director of the office of communications to see about getting a link on the web page. I'm going to meet with him and Dave H. as soon as we get things together. I got a copy of the business school's eval. I think it's pretty good I'll bring my copy in to show you all. I'm working on typing up a resource list for a possible course on diversity. I've got tons of videos, but could use some more reading materials. If any of you could recommend some books (they can address diversity as a whole or one specific group) I would really appreciate it.
I spoke with Patty Gwartney and she has some really good ideas for the assessment. She also said that there have been similar studies done on other campuses which is advantageous because we can compare how we stand up to other uni's. She recommends doing focus groups and anonymous surveys, completely avoiding using classrooms as the means of getting the survey out.
Because of her crazy schedule, she won't be able to help me put a proposal together by the end of the month for the SC. Because of that, she is turning this over to her colleague Steve, with whom I will meet with next week. Hopefully she can attend that meeting too, but she's teaching class for 6 hours/day next week...
Looks good though. The other recommendation she has is to administer the survey late winter term after new frosh have had the opportunity to get their feet wet on campus (not intended as a pun, but I have to leave it in considering the weather in Eugene :)
So...e-mails went to Steve and Patty today with possible meeting times and I will go from there. Looks like we'll have a proposal together, but probably not before the end of August because I have to work on their timeline.
Patty has some concerns about funding. She seems to think that the Uni will try to get this done for free and points out that she cannot do this for free.
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