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November 8, 1988

         UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE ON EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

                               November 8, 1988

 

 

 

 

  Present:  Alan Bayer, Jack Davis, Janet Evers, Elizabeth Fine, Martha

            Fitzwater, Michele Holmes, Pat Hyer, Judith Jones, Larry

            Lawrence, Donna McEldowney, Patricia Morris, Charles Pinder,

            Vince Ruark, Lon Savage, Deborah Snead, Wayne Speer, Ann Zajac.

 

  Chairman Lon Savage called to order the November meeting of the Equal

  Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Committee.  Minutes of the October meeting

  were approved.

 

  ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

  1.  Tom Goodale, Vice President for Student Affairs will be guest speaker

      at the December 14th EO/AA Committee meeting.

 

  2.  Wayne Speer, Counselor for Special Services, will give a slide

      presentation about accessibility problems on campus at the December 14

      meeting.

 

  3.  Lon Savage congratulated Judith Jones on the birth of her daughter on

      October 30.

 

  OLD BUSINESS

 

  EO/AA UPDATE

 

 

  1.  Judith Jones reported that the EO/AA Office is responding to two EEOC

      charges concerning sex and age discrimination.

 

  2.  Wayne Speer has been appointed to the Governor's Board for the Rights

      of the Disabled.  Orientation meetings for members were held in

      October.  Mr. Speer is also a member of the Education Subcommittee.

 

  3.  Michele Holmes was travel coordinator and chaperone for five Virginia

      Tech students who attended the Conference for Potential Graduate

      Students at Petersburg, Virginia.

 

  4.  Approximately 70 people attended the October 21st videoconference on

      sexual harassment.  The EO/AA Office plans to co-sponsor another

      videoconference on date rape early in February.

 

  EO/AA COMMITTEE EFFECTIVENESS

 

  Members of the EO/AA Committee met with consultants, Drs. Freddi Grooms and

  Herman Smith on October 28th.  The President's Office should be receiving

  recommendations from Drs. Grooms and Smith concerning the University's

  EO/AA structure within the next few days.

 

  REPORT ON RECOMMENDATIONS

 

 

  1.  The changes in wording of the ALMA MATER proposed by the EO/AA

      Committee and approved by the Alumni Association are being reviewed by

      the committee responsible for studying the University's name problem.

      The committee does not appear to have any disagreements based on gender

      issues but rather on the proposed use of "VT" which they believe adds

      to the name confusion.

 

 

  2.  Lon Savage reported that the finance group asked to cost-out the

      recommendations made by the Child Care Committee has completed its work

      and has submitted its findings to President McComas.  Dr. McComas will

      soon be announcing his decision on childcare in the near future.

 

  PROVOST SEARCH

 

  Jack Davis reported the Provost Search Committee has received a total of 93

  applications and nominations.  The screening of applicants and nominations

  is taking more time than the Committee anticipated, and on-campus

  interviews may not occur until March.

 

  NEW BUSINESS

 

  GOVERNOR'S EEO CONFERENCE

 

  The Governor's EEO Conference sponsored by the Virginia Equal Employment

  Commission was held the first week of November in Virginia Beach.  Muriel

  Flynn of Employee Relations represented Virginia Tech at the Conference.

 

  SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

 

  SUBCOMMITTEE ON MINORITIES

 

  Chairman Charles Pinder stated that the purpose of the meeting was to

  establish goals and objectives for the year.  The Committee:

 

  1.  agreed that the Virginia Tech Academic Success Program (V-TASP) should

      be a "line item" in the University budget;

 

  2.  discussed the need of black students to have "a place to meet" for

      social gatherings and black cultural events;

 

  3.  discussed strategies important in recruiting black instructional

      faculty;

 

  4.  will present a recommendation that a black, senior-level administrator

      be employed in the Vice President's Office for Student Affairs at the

      December EO/AA Committee meeting.

 

  SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HANDICAPPED CONCERNS - no report

 

  SUBCOMMITTEE FOR WOMEN'S CONCERNS - no report

 

  Meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

 

  Submitted by Sue Bowen

 

 

 

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