Members of the Presidents Commission on the Status of Minorities
(PCSM) held their first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Jan.
29, at 3 p.m. in 400 Administration. The bulk of the meeting was
spent discussing the groups recently drafted Strategic Plan
for Diversity proposal.
Chair Brenda Seiton asked members to comment on the draft and to
offer any ideas that need to be expanded or added. As it reads,
the proposal identifies Emorys challenge to increase "multicultural,
multiethnic and multiracial populace" at the University and
recommends the creation of a committee "for the purpose of
creating diversity leadership" and understanding across Emorys
Seiton said the project requires a seasoned and judicial chairperson
to work with a presidentially appointed executive committee, consisting
of faculty, staff, students, administrators, trustees and alumni.
In its timeline, this committee would convene in March and present
a final report to President Bill Chace by March 2003.
Ideally, Seiton said she would like to have a final draft of the
project proposal ready by early this month and invite Chace to the
next PCSM meeting to discuss it. Proposals also will be given to
the Presidents Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) and
the LGBT Commission.
Prior to that discussion, John Ford, senior vice president for
Campus Life, met with members to outline his offices role
and its concerns for diversity at Emory. "We need to set for
ourselves the goal of maintaining the diversity we have [at Emory]
and increasing it," Ford said, adding that he would like to
see Emorys number of Latino and other minority students, faculty
and staff increase.
In other business, members voted to continue sponsoring a student
writing contest and professional development awards. Members also
voted to give $700 to the Black Student Alliance for the groups
upcoming trip to Ghana.
Seiton reminded the group that her term as chair expires at the
end of the year and that Nagueyalti Warren has accepted a nomination
for chair. Nominations for general PCSM membership also are being
PCSM will meet again on Feb. 25 in 400 Administration at 3 p.m
you have a question or concern for PCSM, e-mail Brenda Seiton at