Members of the President’s Commission on the Status of
Minorities (PCSM) held their last meeting of the academic year
on Tuesday, April 27, which included a discussion with President
Wagner was on hand to discuss the group’s proposed staff diversity climate
survey; he gave a brief update on the progress of the review of the discriminatory
harassment policy and procedures, and urged the commission to place Hispanic/Latino
representation on its agenda for the coming year. The diversity climate survey
originally proposed by the commission was to be a web-based questionnaire administered
in March. The President’s Cabinet recommended that PCSM work with Human
Resources (HR) to take on and retool the survey before its campuswide release.
Wagner presented the group with a proposed survey draft, which was created by
HR representatives and an outside consultant.
He suggested the group include students, faculty and staff in its survey, but
PCSM members said they would like the survey to continue its focus on staff.
HR representative Pat Douglass said a staff survey would be a big step for the
University since a comprehensive, all-staff survey had never been conducted at
Emory and this could lay the foundation for future surveys.
Wagner suggested the group meet for a summer retreat to re-examine the charge
and mission of the PCSM in general, and in particular to discuss the survey with
members of the general counsel’s office and HR. Chair-elect John Hammond
said he would submit a proposal to the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs for
“We are encouraged that you, the general counsel and Human Resources are
taking this very seriously,” Hammond said to Wagner.
In other business, Chris Grey presented a proposal for next year’s professional
development fund, which awards grants to minority faculty and staff attending
conferences and workshops. He suggested offering the awards in the fall instead
of spring semester and to do away with hard-copy mailings. Grey proposed using
electronic mailings and the group’s website as a way to distribute grant
applications. Grey said he will ask for a budget increase to $7,000, and ideally
he said he would like the fund to have $10,000 to distribute.
Members also discussed the commission’s membership nominations. Brenda
it needs seven new faculty members, three new staff members and 10 new
student members. The commission will continue to discuss nominations with current
members via e-mail.
The PCSM will meet again in September.
If you have a question or concern for PCSM, e-mail John Hammond