The President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities
(PCSM) met Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. and spent the first portion of its
meeting discussing a recent controversy involving Emory students
and a guest speaker on campus.
Senior Candace Bacchus submitted a report detailing events surrounding
the Oct. 9 visit of conservative columnist David Horowitz, sponsored
by College Republicans. According to Bacchus, president of the Black
Student Association (BSA), she sent an e-mail to BSA members and
other student leaders urging them to attend the event.
In her report, Bacchus identified grievances from BSA members regarding
Horowitz’s visit, noting that some students were insulted
by Horowitz and that security measures at the event contributed
to a hostile environment, among other charges.
Bacchus said she sent an open letter to the Emory community expressing
her concerns for the event and said Horowitz published this letter
on his website, including her personal contact information, which
made her uncomfortable. She also said BSA and College Republican
members met with Karen Salisbury, assistant dean for Campus Life
and director of Student Activities, and A.W. Mellon Professor of
Politics and History Harvey Klehr, faculty sponsor of College Republicans.
Bacchus said the BSA called for an apology and reallocation of funds
for the event, while College Republicans said such grievances should
be taken up with Horowitz. BSA members were expected to met with
John Ford, senior vice president for Campus Life, and Purvi Patel,
president of College Council (which funded the event), on Friday,
Nov. 1, to discuss the issues further.
After much discussion among members, PCSM Chair Nagueyalti Warren
referred the issue to the student concerns committee. Many of the
PCSM members were interested in the issue but said they needed more
information to make an informed decision.
Stanley Taylor of student concerns said the group was concerned
that the political science department was losing its three African
American professors: Richard Joseph, Robert Brown and visiting professor
Michael Owens. Taylor said the committee is worried about how the
departures will affect the teaching of African American-related
Staff concerns committee member Donna Wong told the group about
a Washington Post article concerning how universities are
recruiting and retaining faculty of color.
Jody Usher presented the conference and events planning committee’s
draft budget for the PCSM’s proposed “Diversity as Added
Value” conference to be held next spring. She said PCSM’s
cost would be $5,000 for the half-day conference (including food,
speaker and incidental costs), and $2,250 would need to be raised
from other campus organizations and departments. Members offered
various ideas for cosponsoring the event with other organizations
on and off campus, including partnering with Spelman College.
Sylvester Hopewell reported that the historical records committee
individually researched PCSM records and had determined the PCSM
annual report—which has not be written since 1995—needs
to be reinstituted as a means of record.
Torrance Stephens of faculty concerns said he has begun working
on a minority faculty and tenure study, similar to a study conducted
by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW).
He has been working with Daniel Teodorescu of Institutional Planning
and Research to obtain information from the different schools. Teodorescu
said it would be more difficult to obtain information from the School
of Medicine—an issue the PCSW faced—but directed Stephens
to Claudia Adkison in the medical school for
PCSM will meet again on Nov. 25 in 400 Administration at 3 p.m.
you have a question or concern for PCSM, e-mail Nagueyalti Warren