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March 20, 1991

         University Committee on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

                                March 20, 1991

 

 

  Present   Alan Bayer, Virgil Cook, Laurie Good, Randy Grayson, Jane

            Harrison, Janine Hiller, Melissa Holland, Joan Kalnitsky-Aliff,

            Michael Lambur, Kathy Lewis, Gail Lopes, Patricia Morris, Cornel

            Morton, Charlotte Pratt, Nancy Simmons, Wayne Speer, Gwen Ewing

            (for Doris Evans)

 

 

  Absent:   Susan Asselin, Robin Ball, Allison Ballew, Doretha Butler, Mark

            Flora, Muriel Flynn, Michele Holmes, Patricia Hyer, Deborah Ho,

            Dennis Jones, Dawn Maxey, Harry Pence, 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 February 12th were approved as submit-

      ted.

 

  3.  ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

      o   Dr. Morton announced that Women's Week 1991 will take place during

          the first week in April.  He highlighted the "Take Back the Night"

          rally and march on Thursday, April 4th, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

 

      o   Dr. Morton informed the Committee that the Sexual Harassment Policy

          received unanimous approval from University Council.  Copies of the

          policy have been distributed to deans, directors, and department

          heads.

 

  4.  ONGOING BUSINESS

 

      a.  CUSTODIAL LEAVE POLICY

 

          Dr. Morton stated that he had met recently with Mr.  Wyatt Sasser,

          who indicated that the policy was "on trial" this year and would be

          reevaluated in August, 1991.  Dr. Morton reiterated his belief that

          the policy unfairly discriminates against custodians and should be

          revoked.

 

      b.  EEO SPECIALIST POSITION

 

          Dr. Morton reported that the Equal Opportunity Office is in the

          process of evaluating applications for the EEO Specialist position,

          vacated by Ms. Mona Edwards.  He noted that over 50 applications

          were received, several of them well-qualified for the post.  The

          selection committee, comprised of Joan Kalnitsky-Aliff, Virgil

          Cook, Patricia Morris, Carol Burger, Muriel Flynn, Della Marshall,

          Charles Pinder, Michele Holmes, Brian McConnell, and Cornel Morton

          will decide on at least three finalists to bring on campus for

          interviews.  Dr. Morton stated that he hoped to have the position

          filled by mid to late-May.  Dr. Morton also informed the Committee

          that Laretta King, Extension EEO Specialist, will be retiring ef-

          fective July 1.  He was not able to predict whether or not the po-

          sition would be filled upon her departure.

 

      c.  SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

 

           SUBCOMMITTEE ON DISABILITY CONCERNS

 

              Dr. Cook announced that $2500 had been made available for a

              permanent wheelchair ramp adjacent to Cowgill Hall.  Mr. Speer

              also noted that work was in progress to recast the curb-cuts at

              the main entrance to the drillfield, near War Memorial Chapel,

              as the current ones tend to retain excess water.  He then in-

              formed the Committee that there are now 130 disabled students

              on this campus, most of them learning disabled.  Mr. Speer also

              announced that Susan Asselin, Associate Professor of Vocational

              & Technical Education, and Cherry Houck, Professor of Curric-

              ulum and Instruction, were awarded $2,500 from the Affirmative

              Action Incentive Grants Program.  Their project, for which Mr.

              Speer will serve as a resource person, will develop an informa-

              tion guide and a videotape designed to increase faculty and

              staff awareness and support of students with specific learning

              disabilities.

 

              Dr. Cook also reported that the subcommittee is considering the

              formation of a new campus-wide Disability Concerns Advisory

              Committee that would report directly to the EO/AA Committee.

              This proposed committee, comprised of individuals from engi-

              neering, architecture, education, and administrative areas

              would review practices of accessibility, and physical and non-

              physical barriers to the disabled.

 

           SUBCOMMITTEE ON MINORITIES

 

              Patricia Morris reported that the subcommittee is developing a

              survey for minority faculty and staff.  Using a model from

              Joyce Williams-Green, this questionnaire will canvas the atti-

              tudes and experiences of minorities at Virginia Tech.  She in-

              dicated that the subcommittee would like to have it in place

              this semester.

 

           SUBCOMMITTEE ON WOMEN

 

              No report

 

  5.  NEW BUSINESS

 

      a.  PHYSICAL PLANT WORKSHOP

 

          Dr. Morton informed the Committee that he has been working with

          Linda Woodard, Gail Lopes, Dennis Eavey, Muriel Flynn, and Carl

          Gilbert on the presentation of a number of workshops for Physical

          Plant personnel.  These diversity training workshops, he elabo-

          rated, incorporate the "trainer of trainers" model in a top-to-

          bottom method of education.  Dr. Morton noted that there were

          several additional workshops planned for the Physical Plant area.

 

      b.  CAMPUS AND CLASSROOM CLIMATE WORKSHOP

 

          Dr. Morton reported that there was another Campus and Classroom

          Climate Workshop scheduled for April 1st at the CEC.  He also

          stated that the membership of this committee is becoming more in-

          clusive, adding several new members this year.  Dr. Morton noted

          that he hopes to expand the repertoire of workshops offered by the

          Campus and Classroom Climate Committee to include workshops ad-

          dressing the concerns of other constituency groups across the cam-

          pus.  He encouraged EO/AA Committee members to contact him with

          their suggestions for future training workshops.

 

      c.  PROPOSED RECOMPOSITION OF UNIVERSITY COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES

          Laurie Good described the process by which the university's commis-

          sions and committees might be restructured to make them more inclu-

          sive and accountable to University Council and the President.  The

          proposed report, to be discussed and possibly approved by Univer-

          sity Council this year, shows that the EO/AA Committee would report

          to the Commissions on Faculty Affairs and the Commission on Classi-

          fied Staff Affairs.  Dr. Morton assured Committee members that he

          would keep them informed of those discussions.

 

      d.  EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM

 

          Dr. Bayer requested an update on the above named program.  By way

          of explanation, Dr. Morton provided some background about the pro-

          gram, stating that a department can legally abbreviate its search

          process to hire a woman or minority.  As he recalled, there have

          been at least eight recent offers extended to African-American fac-

          ulty (six or seven of these offers were to women), with one accept-

          ance at this time.  Dr. Bayer requested that this topic be included

          as an agenda item at the April EO/AA Committee meeting.

 

 

  The meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

 

 

  Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

  Laurie S. Good

  Executive Secretary

 

 

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