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April 17, 1991

         University Committee on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

                                April 17, 1991

 

 

  Present   Robin Ball, Alan Bayer, Chris Broderick, Muriel Flynn, Laurie

            Good, Jane Harrison, Janine Hiller, Michele Holmes, Pat Hyer,

            Patricia Morris, Cornel Morton, Harry Pence, Wayne Speer

 

 

  Absent:   Susan Asselin, Allison Ballew, Doretha Butler, Virgil Cook, Doris

            Evans, Mark Flora, Randy Grayson, Deborah Ho, Melissa Holland,

            Dennis Jones, Joan Kalnitsky-Aliff, Michael Lambur, Kathy Lewis,

            Gail Lopes, Dawn Maxey, Charlotte Pratt, Nancy Simmons, Chris

            Tayloe, Linda Woodard, Glenn Valentine

 

 

  Cornel Morton called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.

 

 

  1.  ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

      The agenda was adopted as submitted.

 

  2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

      The minutes from the meeting of March 20th were approved as amended.

 

  3.  ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

      o   Dr. Morton introduced Chris Broderick, the new SGA representative

          to the EO/AA Committee.

 

  4.  ONGOING BUSINESS

 

      a.  EEO SPECIALIST POSITION

 

          Dr. Morton reported that of the 50 applicants who applied for the

          position, three candidates will be brought in for interviews.  He

          then announced the names of the three finalists and provided some

          biographical information about them.  He invited any EO/AA Commit-

          tee interested in meeting with the candidates to join the breakfast

          meetings scheduled with them on April 23, April 29 and May 1.

 

      b.  SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

 

           SUBCOMMITTEE ON DISABILITY CONCERNS

 

              Mr. Speer briefly noted that there have been problems with some

              faculty members not accommodating learning disabled students

              with alternate testing procedures when the disability is im-

              pacted.  He then described plans to develop a letter to be sent

              from the Provost to all faculty that would reaffirm the univer-

              sity's commitment to working with disabled students (especially

              learning disabled).  The Committee fully endorsed the concept

              of the letter and agreed to assist Mr. Speer in any way he

              thought appropriate.

 

           SUBCOMMITTEE ON MINORITIES

 

              With regard to the proposed Minority Survey, Patricia Morris

              reported that she is planning on contacting Institutional Re-

              search about the implementation of the survey.  She also indi-

              cated that it could be delayed until the fall.

 

           SUBCOMMITTEE ON WOMEN

 

              No report

 

  5.  NEW BUSINESS

 

      a.  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

          Dr. Morton reintroduced the subject of the EO/AA Committee's pur-

          pose and structure and summarized previous discussion of this

          topic.  The Committee addressed at length the subject of member-

          ship.  Mr. Speer suggested the addition of a student representative

          from the disabled student population.  Ms. Ball voiced her concerns

          about accountability.  Dr. Hyer agreed with her, then spoke to the

          need to appoint individuals who have a vested responsibility in

          making affirmative action function on this campus.  Dr. Bayer reit-

          erated the need to have a designated alternate for each appointed

          member and also addressed his preference for a small, more policy-

          oriented, committee.  The Committee then tentatively defined the

          representative membership areas, to include the eight colleges,

          Student Affairs, Information Systems, Facilities/Physical Plant,

          Academic Affairs Public Affairs, Personnel Services, General Admin-

          istration, Business Affairs, and the President's Office.  Ms. Ball

          noted that she would send to Dr. Morton the full list of represen-

          tative areas.  The committee also discussed the various special in-

          terest groups who should be included on the EO/AA Committee.  Dr.

          Morton stated that he would begin to identify the new represen-

          tatives during the summer, but noted that any change to EO/AA Com-

          mittee membership would require University Council approval.

 

  6.  EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM

 

      Dr. Hyer informed the committee that several offers have been made to

      female and minority candidates.  She then listed from memory those de-

      partments whose offers had been accepted.  She advised members inter-

      ested in more specific information to contact her directly.

 

 

  The meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

 

 

  Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

  Laurie S. Good

  Executive Secretary

 

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