2014-15 Meeting Summaries

October 2, 2014

At this organization meeting, new members were introduced and the history and charge of the council were reviewed.

The Council reviewed the Mini-Grants program and made a number of suggestions for ways to improve the program and make it more visible to the campus. The Mini-Grants Subcommittee for 2014-15 will be Joe Abraham, Noor Amr, Jonneke Koomen, and Karen Wood.

The success of the Council in completing its 2013-14 workplan was discussed:

  • Provide resources and information regarding diversity and social justice to the WU campus
    • A campus resources inventory was done and is posted on the Council website.
    • Diversity Advisors are in place for faculty searches in the CLA and for Student Affairs searches.
  • Conduct an assessment of needs and submit proposals for meeting those needs
    • This work was begun, but needs more attention this year.
  • Increase awareness of CDSJ and diversity and social justice work on campus
    • The website has been updated (and will continue to be as needed) and a Facebook page was created.
  • Educate ourselves and the university about best practices, current trends, peer and aspirant group resources

A workplan for 2014-15, based on this review and new ideas presented during the meeting, will be presented at the next meeting.


October 30, 2014

Karen Wood gave a summary of a meeting in October of the diversity officers (or those best filling that role) from the NW5 Consortium (Lewis & Clark, Reed, Whitman, Willamette and UPS) focused on the hiring and retention of faculty of color. She was able to attend part of the meeting, which was held at Whitman, via Skype.

Other topics discussed:

  • Student Organization Collaboration (SOC) Fund
  • Diversity/social justice resources webpages
  • Council workplan
  • Should there be CDSJ office hours?


December 4, 2014

The meeting included discussion of:

  • Student diversity (students of color/international students) in all three schools
  • Work in the Division of Student Affairs around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • How to gather/record information about student gender identification (There are housing and some legal issues involved.)
  • The lack of healthcare professionals of color on campus (This is a national issue in the profession, not just at Willamette.)
  • Mini-Grants awarded to date
  • Luz Reyna and Jackie Balzer were named to the SOC Fund award committee.
  • The possibility of a student intern for CDSJ
  • Possible CDSJ-sponsored programs


February 4, 2015

The meeting was primarily devoted to a discussion of President Thorsett's memo to the academic deans calling for plans from each school to improve faculty equity, diversity, and inclusion and CDSJ's role to evaluate those plans and make recommendations to the president for a university plan.


March 4, 2015

Members of the Council shared information on current campus equity, diversity, and inclusion issues and upcoming social justice and multicultural programs.

The Council discussed progress on the president's charge to the academic deans and what he expects from CDSJ after the three documents are submitted.


April 8, 2015

The Council discussed the criteria it will use in its evaluation of the Blueprint for Faculty Diversity documents submitted by the Deans of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, the College of Law, and the College of Liberal Arts.


April 15, 2015

The Council began its meeting with a discussion about the relationship between the Sustainability Institute and the CDSJ, including how the Institute might incorporate social justice issues into its work. The balance of the meeting was spent evaluating Blueprint for Faculty Diversity documents.


April 29, 2015

The Council continued its review and evaluation of Blueprint for Faculty Diversity documents submitted by the three academic deans.


May 5, 2015

The Council reviewed and began a group editing process of the first draft of its written evaluation to President Thorsett of the Blueprint for Faculty Diversity documents from the academic deans.