Chancellor's Counsel on Community, Diversity and Social Justice
Preamble: The University of Massachusetts Amherst strives to demonstrate its regard for human enablement through the realization of a socially just campus community that encompasses diversity, variety and distinction in all dimensions of the University such as age, class, culture, ethnicity, gender, ideology, language, nationality, political beliefs, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation and varying ability, and in other dimensions such as learning styles, multidisciplines, multimedia and teaching modes. We affirm such difference to be integral to the intellectual, social and moral vitality of this living, learning, working community. Indeed, the University transmits these values by the way it approaches policies, decisions and issues.
Purpose: To advise and provide recommendations to the Chancellor and campus executive officers on ways of achieving a more diverse and socially just community.
Charge: The activities of the Counsel include:
Membership and Leadership: Counsel members are appointed by the Chancellor for two year terms as at-large members from the faculty, students, staff and community, as designees of other advisory groups linked to the Counsel, or as ex officio members. Two designees serve from each of the six current advisory groups, with one designee from each sitting on the Counsel's Executive Committee: the Faculty Senate Council on the Status of Women; the Faculty Senate Council on the Status of Minorities; the Chancellor's Task Force on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Matters; the Chancellor's Task Force on Jewish Awareness and Anti-Semitism; the Religious Affairs Committee, and the University Advisory Committee on Disability. The Counsel is led by three co-chairs, one each from the faculty, staff and students.
ACTION PLAN INFORMATION SOURCES
Sources Responding to Initial Information Requests
Faculty Senate Council on the Status of Women - Carol Wallace*
Faculty Senate Council on the Status of Minorities - James Craig*
Chancellor's Task Force on Jewish Awareness and Anti-Semitism - David Schimmel*
Chancellor's Task Force on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Matters - Felice Yeskel*
Religious Affairs Committee - Merle Ryan*
Residential Co-Curricular Education Committee - John Hunt*
RFP, Awards and Recognition Committee - Robert Marx*
Disability Services - Madeline Peters* (Counsel presentation)
Learning Disabled Student Services - Patricia Silver* (Counsel presentation)
Psychological Disabilities - Linda Vincent*
Campus Activities - M.. Ricardo Townes
Office of ALANA Affairs - Nelson Acosta
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center - Joyce White Deer-Vincent*
CCEBMS - Floyd Martin*
BCP - Benjamin Rodriguez
UALRC - Lucy Nguyen
Admissions - Arlene Cash*
Labor/Management Workplace Education Program - Joseph Connolly*
University Resource Network Steering Committee*
MSP - Jenny Spencer*
SEIU - Thomas Coish
USA/MTA - Rosemary Riley*
AFSCME - Charlotte Coates
IBPO A - Robert Thrasher
IBPO B - Brian Narkewicz
1990 Report of the Chancellor's Task Force on Multicultural Issues*
1994 Report of the Task Force on Diversity and Multiculturalism*
1994 Report of the Task Force on Teaching and Learning*
1994 Report of the Task Force on Economic Development*
1994 Report of the External Relations Working Group*
March 1997 "The Living Document" Demands*
Strategy Areas for Creating a Socially-just and Multicultural Campus 1980-96*
* those able to provide information
Sources Providing Feedback in Response to an Action Plan Presentation
10/24/97 - Chancellor's Counsel on Community, Diversity and Social Justice
03/31/98 - Chancellor's Executive Advisory Council
04/14/98 - University Advancement Executive Area staff
04/16/98 - Affirmative Action Advisory Board
04/16/98 - Student Affairs Executive Area staff
04/16/98 - Chancellor's Staff
04/29/98 - Resource Network public presentation
05/05/98 - Deans Council
05/15/98 - Faculty Senate Rules Committee
05/20/98 - Massachusetts Society of Professors
05/28/98 - Administration and Finance Executive Area staff
06/09/98 - Research and Graduate School Executive Area staff
06/18/98 - Labor/Management Workplace Education Program
09/08/98 - Chancellor's Executive Advisory Council
Summary of the Process of Developing the Action Plan
November 1996 - As part of Strategic Action, Chancellor Scott asks the Counsel to produce an Action Plan regarding issues of Community, Diversity and Social Justice.
December 1996 - The UMass Action Plan Committee (UMAP) meets for the first time.
January 1997 - The Counsel holds a retreat to begin reviewing 35 years of past efforts regarding diversity and social justice issues.
May 1997 - The UMAP Committee sends letters to a wide range of groups and individuals on the campus requesting information regarding issues of community, diversity and social justice.
October 1997 - The UMAP Committee makes a first presentation of its October 1997 draft report to the Chancellor's Counsel and receives positive feedback and additional suggestions for improvement. Counsel members are encouraged to share the draft report with their constituencies and copies of the draft report are distributed to individuals and groups who provided information initially with invitations for feedback. At this point the report critiques current approaches to issues of community, diversity and social justice and recommends a campus-wide three-year change process to mainstream responsibility for these issues. This change would involve replacing the current system of centrally-implemented change with one which increasingly moves accountability for these issues down to unit heads (deans, directors, department heads). The report also includes five broad areas of specific action steps and a complete listing of all the original information gathered by the committee. Due to its length, this complete listing was not included in future drafts, but copies are available from the Office of Human Relations, 202 Middlesex, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003 or at (413) 545-0851.
March 1998 - After several revisions, the UMAP committee presents a March 1998 draft to the Chancellor's Executive Advisory Council (CEAC) and agrees to make additional presentations to each executive area and other key constituent groups on the campus, solicit reactions and report back to CEAC. In response to consistent feedback, the five areas of specific action steps are removed from the report largely because they unintentionally reinforce and imply continuation of the older model of top-down, centrally-implemented change. Instead, these specific action steps will be forwarded to the campus-wide Community, Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) Team as a reference for the three year change process proposed in the report. The CDSJ Team will use this information and the complete listings of information solicited from campus groups and individuals to guide their assessment and benchmarking activities.
September 1998 - The UMAP Committee makes a final presentation to CEAC of the September 1998 Report
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