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UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes October 15, 2015

Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes: October 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM, Room 150

Announcements:

  • We will need to correct the dates on the Save the Dates for upcoming lunch and learn series, but the correct date is listed on TN today
  • Regina, Kayla, and Michelle are working on a survey for the upcoming lunch and learn series
  • The Diversity Residents attended the Diversity & Inclusion LIS Conference (they will report at the next meeting)
  • The 23rd of October is a Day of Dialogue through the Multicultural Student Life

Lunch and Learn – Fall 2015:

  • October 21 noon- 1:00 room 605
  • Assignments were given for putting up signage, meeting Dr. Ferlin McGaskey, pictures, requesting HR 128 credit, introduction and thank you.
  • Will need volunteers for set up and break down

Lunch and Learn – Spring 2016:

  • “An Open Conversation about Religious Tolerance: What do you think?” by Dr. Hackett on Wednesday February 17 in the Mary Greer Room
  • “An Open Conversation… Gender Pronouns: Concepts to Update your Conversation Toolbox” by Donna Braquet on Thursday March 24 in the Mary Greer Room

Black Issues Conference:

  • Held February 6 (registration opens November 11, 2015)
  • Theme: Reclaiming our past, embracing our future
  • Ideas for our presentation:
    • Definition of diversity and how the administration struggles with it, how to make it a priority
    • The black student union reopening (it closed in the 1980s)
    • How the definition of diversity has changed
  • Brain storming activity gave us our final presentation idea
    • The way college brochures and ads look and who is on them
    • The role of marketing and tokenism
    • Possible title: Is What You See What You Get? Truth, Lies, Marketing, and Diversity
    • Possible visual: brochure from 1950s and one from today with the racial statistics next to each one.

Next meeting:  Thursday November 19, 2015 at 1:00pm in room 150

In Attendance:

Ann Hulse
Cathy Jenkins
Lili’a Neville
Megan Venable
Melanie Allen
Sarah Holt
Thura Mack
Trey Hobson

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