November 3, 2003

PCSM discusses budget, vision statement

By Stephanie Sonnenfeld


With a full agenda in front of them, members of the President's Commission on the Status of Minorities met for the second time this school year on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in 400 Administration.

Two assistant professors of anthropology brought before the commission their concerns about a complaint filed with the Office of Equal Opportunities Programs. After heavy discussion, Chair Nagueyalti Warren said she and the commission members would draft a resolution pertaining to the professors' complaint.

The group then discussed President Wagner's draft Vision Statement. Many members questioned the connotation of "academic destination" in the statement, saying "destination" sounded terminal rather than active. Other suggestions included placing the idea of diversity near the top, adding more about staff and having more about Emory and its connection to the Atlanta community.  

Prior to approving its yearly budget, members examined the criteria and overall awarding of its faculty travel grant awards. The grants were suspended last year because a bulk of PCSM's budget went to support its "Diversity As Value Added" symposium last spring. Warren suggested a committee be formed to examine the grant application and awarding process, which Chris Grey volunteered to chair. In other budget business, members approved the allocation of $500 toward February's State of Race Debate.

PCSM will meet again on Monday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. in 400 Administration.

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