February 13, 2006
Lewis listens to PCORE strategy for inclusiveness
The President’s Commission on Race and Ethnicity (PCORE) welcomed Provost Earl Lewis to its Jan. 30 meeting, held in 400 Administration. Lewis answered questions concerning Emory’s plan to improve diversity on campus.
Chair Donna Wong said student enrollment and retention,
financial aid for minority students, faculty and staff retention
and faculty and staff professional development are the prominent
concerns of PCORE in relation to diversifying Emory and striving
for an inclusive, destination university.
Lewis said a committee has been formed to look at minority-student
financial aid and how it relates to enrollment and retention. “We
want to be strategic in how we disperse financial aid,” Lewis
said. “We need to diversify the pool and make it possible for
all students to get the aid they need.”
Latino student enrollment at Emory is very low and
it’s a priority of the provost’s office to recruit more
Latinos, Lewis said. A strategy hasn’t been determined to reach
this goal, but two planned tactics are hiring more Latino recruiters
in admissions and revamping Emory’s Website to include a Spanish
version, making the site easier for Spanish-speaking parents to navigate.
A work-life task force has been formed to tackle faculty
and staff concerns, such as professional development and work-life
Lewis said recruiting and retaining distinguished faculty and staff
remains a priority. One incentive being explored is a partner-spouse
hiring program. “My goal is to have a partner-spouse plan in
place in the next year, “ he said.
In committee reports, special projects chair Jennifer
Crabb reported that a spring brown bag devoted to following up on
Emory’s 2004 Campus Climate Survey will be held March 9 at
noon in Winship Ballroom.
Professional development fund chair Vanda Hudson reported
15 professional development grants were given to faculty and staff,
Faculty concerns is exploring the need for a faculty
mentor and tenure assistance program. They have scheduled a focus
American faculty this month and are exploring ways to improve new
Staff concerns reported they are working with Senior
Director of Human Resources Del King to create a synergy between
of Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP) and HR, specifically in the
of discrimination complaints.
Student concerns raised an inquiry about a Korean studies
program. Wong explained that there are promising pathways to establishing
a program in partnership with South Korea.
Finally, it was announced that nominations are open
to PCORE with the need to fill two faculty, one staff and seven student
Details are posted at www.pcore.emory.edu.
The next PCORE meeting will be held Feb. 27 at 3 p.m.
in 400 Administration. The guest speaker will be Admissions
If you have a question or concern for PCORE, e-mail Chair Donna Wong at email@example.com.