The President’s Commission on the Status
of Minorities (PCSM) met for the first time this academic year on
Sept. 8 in 400 Administration. The meeting primarily served as a
meet and greet for 2003–04.
Each subcommittee shared its goals for the year. John Hammond, staff
concerns chair, said that he would complete an assessment of the
campus climate toward diversity, and that the committee’s
main objective is to develop and administer a survey, collect data,
complete an analysis and report findings back to PCSM.
Student concerns co-chairs Amanda Edwards and Juno Lawrence shared
an agenda similar to the staff concerns committee—brainstorming
to determine the best method to address issues of diversity on the
Brenda Nix reported for the historical records committee, saying
last year the group completed a summary of all events from the previous
year. The goal is to have these records archived in the University
Nix also reported for the conference and events planning committee,
which is developing the plans for an international conference for
President Jim Wagner addressed the commission and said he plans
to work closely with them. Wagner said he strongly believes in and
supports the role and purpose of the commission, as he views “the
university [as] a place where values come together, not to blend
and become one, but rather to express and appreciate one another
so that in part we become a stronger community.”
PCSM will meet again on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. in 400 Administration.
If you have a question or concern for PCSM, e-mail
chair Nagueyalti Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.