March 31, 2003


By Stephanie Sonnenfeld

Deeming the March 3–5 “Diversity As Value Added” symposium a success, members of the President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities (PCSM) met Monday, March 24, to discuss the event.

The symposium was the result of a collaborative effort by the three president’s commissions —Status of Minorities, Women and LGBT Concerns—and its goal was to examine diversity in the Emory community. Planning committee chair Jody Usher e-mailed a preliminary outline of recommendations to PCSM members and said a draft of the report on the symposium will soon be sent to members.

PCSM Chair Nagueyalti Warren said the commission needs to make this report an action statement. She reminded the group that when it submitted recommendations to President Bill Chace last year, he said the commission was responsible for making those suggestions realities.

“It has to be read that this is what we’re going to do,” she said. “We need to be in a position to take charge.”

In other business, the group decided to submit a list of 16 Board of Trustees nominees to Chace. Among those included in the list are Remedios Gomez Arnau (Mexican Counsel General in Atlanta), Johnnetta Cole (former Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies), Charlayne Hunter-Gault (journalist and 2001 Honorary Degree Recipient), Glenda Hatchett (’85L, former chief presiding judge of Atlanta’s Fulton County Juvenile Court System and current star of “Judge Hatchett”), U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Michael Lomax (’84 Ph.D. and current president of Dillard University in New Orleans), Cynthia McKinney (former congresswoman), Beverly Tatum (president of Spelman College and “Diversity as Value Added” keynote speaker), Cynthia Tucker (Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial page editor) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

PCSM will meet again on Tuesday, April 22, in 400 Administration at 3 p.m.

If you have a question or concern for PCSM, e-mail chair Nagueyalti Warren at