The first half of the President’s Commission on the Status
of Minorities (PCSM) Jan. 27 meeting focused on the group’s
upcoming “Diversity as Value Added” symposium, scheduled
for Tuesday, March 4.
The symposium planning committee now consists of members from the
president’s commissions on the Status of Women (PCSW) and
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Concerns. Cosponsors are
asked to donate between $50 and $500 to help offset program costs
and allow symposium events to be free to the Emory community.
Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum will deliver the
keynote address, “How is Diversity Lived on College Campuses
and Why Diversity Matters.” Following the address, attendees
will attend topic discussions and reassemble during the final part
of the day’s events. Findings from the discussions will be
presented in a report to President Bill Chace.
While a majority of the symposium will take place on Tuesday, March
4, there are related events on March 3 and tentatively on March
5. A panel discussion featuring Emory students, faculty, staff and
administrators and their thoughts on campus diversity will be held
March 3 at 6 p.m. Planned for March 5 is a showing of The Two
Towns of Jasper, a documentary by Whitney Dow and Marco Williams
exploring the 1998 death of James Byrd, an African American who
was chained to a pick-up truck and dragged to death by three white
supremacists in Jasper, Texas. PCSM also discussed the possibility
of inviting the filmmakers to the showing.
Members suggested that the commission purchase copies of Tatum’s
book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?,
to read prior to the keynote address so members could be informed
on her work. Jody Usher, symposium committee planning chair, said
she would look into ordering copies through Druid Hills Bookstore.
In other business, Brenda Nix presented a proposed survey from the
staff concerns committee that would measure the campus diversity
climate from a staff perspective. John Hammond of Goizueta Business
School led the development of the survey. It was determined the
group should meet with Human Resources representatives next step
to explore the options of administering the survey, possibly in
PCSM will meet again on Feb. 25 in 400 Administration at 3 p.m.
have a question or concern for PCSM, e-mail Nagueyalti Warren at