December 11, 2000
PCSM strives toward change, visibility
By Stephanie Sonnenfeld email@example.com
Talk of bolstering its presence on campus and overall improvement dominated
the November meeting of the President's Commission on the Status of Minorities
(PCSM), held in Dobbs University Center
Commission Chair Brenda Seiton asked members to discuss their 200001 goals. All members present agreed the commission needed to improve its communication with the University community.
Seiton suggested the group look into creating a communications subcommittee
responsible for public relations aspects, such as creating flyers of PCSM
Seiton alluded to efforts by the President's Commission on the Status
of Women (PCSW) and Employee Council. Specifically, she cited how the
groups have basic brochures describing their purpose and activities.
"We should institutionalize the brochure, so information can be
used yearly and we won't have to reinvent PCSM," said Vera Rorie,
assistant dean of Campus Life and director of the Office of Mulicultural
Other members said the brochure would be a good idea and, once completed,
should be placed in many locations on campus.
Seiton asked the group to share other ideas on broadening the commission's
appeal. Ann Starks said, during her first term, PCSM sponsored a large
reception every fall for students, faculty and staff, introducing them
to the commission and its goals. She said the event was popular but stopped
due to monetary constraints.
Rorie said the commission once issued an annual report every fall to
the president, updating the commission's progress during the previous
Curt Carlson said the group also should examine its networking relationships
with other groups as another way to expand its reach on campus. Rorie
suggested members examine PCSM archives to study past events and see if
any could be revamped.
Seiton said she'd like January's meeting to be an open meeting in Dobbs
University Center, inviting anyone to attend and share their views on
how the committee can better serve Emory. "I know we need to strengthen
the commission or we will slowly die out," she said.
The other agreed, and Rorie said she would obtain a copy of a past PCSM
annual report to share.
In other business, Seiton urged the group to participate in the Campus Climate Survey, either in its written form or online at http://cbt.uts.psu.edu/survey.htm. Emory is one of 30 schools participating in the national survey that will assess the climate and attitudes on campus in various areas including race, gender and sexual orientation.
Seiton said PCSM will sponsor a student writing competition next semester.
Students may submit fiction, essays or poetry on the theme, "Reflection
on Race, In the Year of Reconciliation." Three winners will receive
$150 each and the deadline for entries is March 1. For more information,
contact the EOP office at 404-727-6016.
Seiton then updated members on the PCSM/EOP office sponsored professional development grant, which will be awarded to full-time minority staff members. The application deadline is Dec. 29.
Completed forms should be submitted to EOP, 110 Administration Building.
Award determination will be made by Jan. 19, 2001. Questions and requests
for a full list of criteria should be directed to the EOP office at 404-727-6016.
The PCSM will meet again Jan. 22 in Dobbs University Center at 3 p.m.
If you have a question or concern for PCSM, contact Seiton at firstname.lastname@example.org