February 12, 2001
PCSM discusses further
By Stephanie Sonnenfeld firstname.lastname@example.org
The President's Commission on the Status of Minorities (PCSM) postponed its plans to host an open meeting in January and held a members-only meeting on Monday, Jan. 29, in the Dobbs Center.
At the November meeting, members had hoped to have an open meeting to
try to increase the commissons presence on campus and receive feedback
on what issues students, faculty and staff would like to see the group
address. Chair Brenda Seiton said the winter holiday, and the fact the
group didn't have a December meeting, prevented the commission from planning
and promoting the open meeting.
Seiton put the issue on the table for members to discuss an alternate
meeting date and structure. "One question we have to ask is, what
do we want to get out of this?" she said.
Bob Lee said an open meeting would allow the commission to see what sort
of identity it has on campus. As a result, PCSM could examine how to better
address issues and needs in its community. Some members said they were
afraid the meeting might turn into a gripe session and end up being counterproductive
if not structured correctly.
Seiton agreed. While she didn't support the idea of an open microphone
for nonmembers to voice their opinions, she does want some sort of organized
feedback. She supported the idea of a suggestions box.
Members agreed to hold off on the meeting until at least March so the
commission can have more time to organize and publicize it.
In other news, Seiton said Emory would not be participating in the Campus
Climate Diversity Survey. Surveys had been administered on campusin
written form and via the Internetat the end of last semester. Emory
was one of 30 schools participating in the national survey that assessed
the climate and attitudes on campus in various areas including race, gender
and sexual orientation.
Seiton said she and the other chairs of the president's commissions would
be working with University administrators on a new, internal study.
The commission then evaluated the 32 applications submitted by faculty
and staff for PCSM Professional Development Fund grants. Eleven people
were chosen to receive a grant of $500 each to help offset costs of travel,
lodging or registration fees for professional conferences. Winners will
be announced at a later date.
The group also pledged to donate $250 to the Student Government Association's
(SGA) Year of Reconciliation Feb. 7 panel discussion (see story, page
The next PCSM meeting will be Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. The location is to be determined.
If you have a question or concern for PCSM, contact Seiton at email@example.com