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February 12, 1991

         University Committee on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

                               February 12, 1991

 

 

  Present   Robin Ball, Alan Bayer, Doris Evans, Mark Flora, Muriel Flynn,

            Laurie Good, Janine Hiller, Michele Holmes, Pat Hyer, Joan

            Kalnitsky-Alif, Patricia Morris, Cornel Morton, Harry Pence

 

 

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

            Grayson, Jane Harrison, Patricia Hyer, Michael Lambur, Deborah

            Ho, Melissa Holland, Dennis Jones, Kathy Lewis, Dawn Maxey,

            Charlotte Pratt, Nancy Simmons, Wayne Speer, 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 meetings of December 11, 1990 and January 8, 1991

      were approved with a minor correction.

 

  3.  ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

      o   Dr. Morton announced two upcoming "Breakfast With. . ." programs

          featuring Dr. Samuel Proctor on February 13th, and Dr. Bernice

          Sandler on February 22nd.

 

      o   Dr. Morton also noted that the Office of Academic Enrichment Pro-

          grams would be sponsoring the "Third Annual Black Alumni Weekend"

          on March 1-3, 1991.  He stated that Glenn Valentine could provide

          additional information about the reunion.

 

  4.  ONGOING BUSINESS

 

      a.  CUSTODIAL LEAVE POLICY

 

          Dr. Bayer inquired about the status of the custodial leave policy.

          Dr.  Morton responded that although Ms. Ann Spencer and Mr. Wyatt

          Sasser remain unconvinced that this is an issue for the EO/AA Com-

          mittee, they are willing to discuss it with him.  He informed the

          Committee that he would be meeting with Ms. Spencer and Mr. Sasser

          to determine how best to proceed with this issue.  Dr. Morton also

          stated that several custodians have approached him and voiced their

          support of his and the Committee's efforts on their behalf. Dr.

          Bayer concluded that, at the very least, the Committee could advo-

          cate the need for greater education to better convey the implemen-

          tation mechanisms of the policy.

 

      b.  AFFIRMATIVE ACTION GRANTS PROGRAM

 

          Dr. Hyer reported that the Committee received a total of twenty-

          nine applications for the Affirmative Action Grants Program. She

          described several of the proposals, which were submitted from many

          different departments and constituency groups, and informed commit-

          tee members that many of the proposals addressed the area of stu-

          dent recruitment. The selection committee, comprised of Joan

          Kalnitsky-Alif, Pat Morris, Virgil Cook, Mona Edwards and Pat Hyer,

          judged the applications on the overall strength of the proposal and

          on the quality of the project.  Dr. Hyer distributed a detailed

          sheet summarizing the selection criteria, as well as a scoring

          sheet, and stated that nine projects were awarded grants totalling

          $18,168. Dr. Hyer commended the work of the subcommittee and re-

          minded the Committee that the next round of grant proposals would

          be due by the 15th of April.

 

      c.  AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN

 

          Dr. Morton reported that Virginia Tech received a strong endorse-

          ment of the 1990-92 Affirmative Action Plan for classified employ-

          ees.  As stated in the letter from the director of the Office of

          Equal Employment Services and Program Evaluations, "The effort ex-

          erted by the VPI & State University staff is demonstrated in the

          preparation of the Plan.  Since we consider your plan to be thor-

          ough and complete, we are granting an unconditional approval."

 

  5.  NEW BUSINESS

 

      a.  STUDENT AND FACULTY/STAFF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLANS

 

          Dr. Morton shared the contents of a letter from Secretary of Educa-

          tion, James W. Dyke, Jr., regarding the proposed affirmative action

          plans for the recruitment and retention of additional black stu-

          dents and faculty for the period for 1990-94. With regard to the

          student portion of the plan, he reported that SCHEV was partic-

          ularly impressed with Virginia Tech's efforts to institute cooper-

          ative arrangements with secondary schools in the area.  In

          addition, he noted, the State Council for Higher Education ap-

          plauded this institution's efforts to retain students through the

          V-TASP Program.  In conclusion, Virginia Tech's plan was recom-

          mended by the Monitoring and Advisory Committee. Concerning the

          faculty portion of the plan, SCHEV reported that the plan appeared

          "to follow the guidelines and looks to be aggressive." It was ac-

          cepted as written.

 

          Mr. Muriel Flynn then discussed at length the classified staff

          recruitment and retention goals for the 1991 OFCCP Plan.  He de-

          scribed in detail how the numerical goals were established, but in-

          dicated that specific recruitment and retention strategies were

          still being formulated.

 

      b.  CAMPUS AND CLASSROOM CLIMATE COMMITTEE REPORT

 

          Dr. Morton reported that the University Committee for Campus and

          Classroom was planning two workshops on April 1st and 4th.  The

          first will deal with improving the university environment for mi-

          nority students, while the second workshop, on the 4th, will focus

          on minority student recruitment and retention.

 

      c.  SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

 

          SUBCOMMITTEE ON DISABILITY CONCERNS

 

              No Report

 

          SUBCOMMITTEE ON MINORITIES

 

              No Report

 

          SUBCOMMITTEE ON WOMEN

 

              No report

 

 

  The meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

 

 

  Respectfully submitted,

 

 

  Laurie S. Good

  Executive Secretary

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