8-28-08 Diversity Committee
Inviting outsiders is an opportunity to look at how and why we do what we do
Censoring minutes? No – the released transcript of the meetings are more of a highlight than censorship.We will continue to release our notes as we have done.
Getting to know you exercises!
Just for fun, think about diversity among members
Campus Diversity Calendar
We tried to contact Eric Bledsoe the day of our last meeting, to no avail
Trying to get our events out there to the campus at large
Possibly piggyback onto existing events
possibly get onto the International House calendar
Committee technology features
Can be set up to share the calendar with all members
so we can share available meeting dates
libdiv emails can go here rather than thru Thura
Back up info source
calendar and mail folders can be shared among members, as per Roger Weaver
Shared calendar is AR’s main concern
Workable idea, Allison can create this – will email the credentials to the group
JR and JW agree
One place for information, plus it has an archive
As per AR, listserv would be a good place for our conversation
Will we need both?
Yes – both have specific features that can help us, says AR
New meeting dates proposed
We’ll only have these meetings if we’re working on a project
Meetings will be cancelled if we’re not
1pm 10/16/08 Pat Gozemba and Karen Kahn authors of “Courting Equaility” at the UC
Documenting GLBT Boston
Commission for LGBT people will need no funding, but promo and breakfast for authors events need planning
Possibly have a forum for people to speak or a breakfast
We might be able to work on other projects with them as well
TM suggests turning this into a campus wide Let’s Talk About It” during one of our regular meeting times rather than a breakfast
Committee is game for a campus-wide program.
Mary Greer room or Auditorium
JR – auditorium would be stark without a large crowd.Greer room can be adjusted depending on crowd size
Group is for Greer room
We could provide snacks
This will involve some promo work as well
The commission is trying to fill the day, as the main program is at night.
JR: does the commission have a PR dept for this, or will the onus be on us?
TB – we’ll need to do poster work for the film series anyway – may as well include info for this program on those posters as well
Donna Braquet is on the GLBT advisory commission – she might have ideas RE promo, numbers, venues, etc.
September – patriots day, deaf awareness month
October – GLBT –
If These Walls Could Talk
Priscilla of the Desert,
3 films will suffice
We can show a film a week, Oct 7th ,14th, 21st
Unfortunately, time is constrained, as movies cannot be piped thru the building anymore due to the media center
Trisha will look into room availability
At or around 1pm
Thura will talk to Roger about the GLBT program to get a clearer sense of what needs to be done
Publicity can be held til we’ve a better idea of what’s going on – 9/11/08, we will discuss publicity
AR – partner with faculty, as there are classes around GLBT filmmaking – this could be extra credit?
Christine Holmund – Trisha knows her/will contact
AR can contact some faculty as well Rosa Thomas – who is doing a human sexuality course
Mid September promotion, so people can plan in advance.
Once this is done, we can begin planning November
include Gender identity in our diversity definition?
AR will change this on the web page
JW – next steps
decide what other projects we want to do this semester aside from Oct LGBT
All of us need to bring ideas for projects to the next meeting
TM – we’ve got the culture corner running, but we need to think about the next incarnation
TM – Native American month = November.We should start planning for this soon
JR – we’ve always looked at obvious diversity issues (ethnicity is big)
Mary Papke talked about us all being part of a culture
We should look for less obvious fare
Geographic regions and original settlers?
AR – there might be an Irish Heritage month.We’ve done Appalachian culture…it was 2 – 3 years ago past.
TB – we could do that again
Irish Heritage month is in March…programming for this?
Sometimes people appreciate having their cultures talked about
LEA will be doing student association – we won’t need to do the bulk of it as a committee.We will have time in March to do Irish Heritage
December?– last year, we did disabilities
It’s near a major Christian holiday – should we look at other cultures during that time that people might miss?
December is Universal Human Rights Month
December planning will be on our next agenda
A culture corner could continue to speak to the issue even after the programming has ended.
TM – the more global our project are, the more people we can attract
JR – is there any way to identify how many African students are here?
Connect with International House
Bill Dewey is a professor of African art – we can get him to do a presentation
TM – we need a 9/11 meeting to discuss projects
TM — If we can line up projects til December, we’ll be in good shape
Trunk and Treat?Mainly done by sororities and fraternities