Emory Report
October 31, 2005
Volume 58, Number 9


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October 31 , 2005
PCORE hears student diversity survey results

BY Katherine Baust Lukens

The President’s Commission on Race and Ethnicity (PCORE) held its October meeting on Oct. 17 in 400 Administration.

Chair Donna Wong introduced John Ford, vice president and dean of Campus Life, who presented preliminary results from the Campus Life in America Student Survey (CLASS) on diversity by Emory students.

Five other universities participated in the study: University of Miami, Princeton, Michigan State University, Portland State University and UCLA. The comparisons focused on two areas: student perceptions of diversity, and student perceptions of campus policies and programs aimed at promoting diversity.

“Overall, in comparison, we fared positively,” Ford said, adding that the results are preliminary and there remain “massive” amounts of data to be analyzed. “Emory students are more likely than the other students surveyed to believe the educational benefits of racial/ethnic diversity are significant. One topic that we may want to delve further into is that Emory students are more likely than other groups to be afraid to disagree with members of other groups.”

Jennifer Crabb, special projects co-chair, said PCORE will co-sponsor another brown-bag luncheon in the spring due to positive response about an Oct. 8 event on hiring practices. Information about that event will be posted on the PCORE website www.pcore.emory.edu.

Vanda Hudson announced the professional development fund is now accepting applications. Applications and criteria for award selection are available at www.pcore.emory.edu/professionaldevelopmentfund.htm. The application deadline is Nov. 21; for additional information, contact Hudson at vhudso2@sph.emory.edu.

Faculty concerns chair Hillary Ford reported she soon would host the first of a series of luncheons with Latino faculty to hear their experiences. A similar series of lunches and/or breakfasts with African American faculty will be held later in the semester.

Staff concerns chair Lola Foye reported the committee will evaluate procedures for staff grievances because some staff feel unsure whether to report issues to Human Resources or to the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.

The next PCORE meeting will be held Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. in 400 Administration. The guest speaker will be Amy Adelman from the Office of the General Counsel.

If you have a question or concern for PCORE, e-mail Chair Donna Wong at dmwong@emory.edu.