Present: Thura Mack, Melonie Allen, Cathy Jenkins, Regina Mays, Megan Venable, Kenya Flash, Sarah Gonzoles, Michelle Brannen, Elizabeth Greene.
New membership response: Sara Green, Sarah Mallory and Peter Fernandez have expressed interest in joining the committee, and all three will be invited by chair Thura Mack to officially join the group.
Lunch and Learn de-stress poll results (Megan or Thura)
An analysis of the open poll was conducted. In response to the question “What do you find difficult to talk about, but needs to be discussed” we found:
4 Locos – alcohol food policy
Rape culture as fueled by porn – 4
American foreign policy/hegemony
Mental illness – breakdowns, how to help people
Crappy professors – 2
Sexual assault – 2
Separation of races on campus
White cultural center/white privilege – 2
Charisma vs. status
Integrity – 2
UT lukwarmness to diversity – 2
Christ/faith – 4
Poverty – international toilets
Food security – Knoxville and the world
US college bad
Welcome Muslim students
Body image issues
Abusive relationships and verbal abuse
Mental illness 4
Depression – 2
Stress and anxiety – 2
Privilege vs oppression
Guns on campus
Lunch and Learn – next steps
Based on these topics, Regina has agreed to reach out to Teresa to check on the possibility of narrowing these topics by way of a focus group, and Elizabeth is going to check with her contacts at the Health Center to see about the possibility of a partnership. Megan will contact Cynthia Pope Johnson to see if she is willing to partner as well.
New meeting locations – we will be meeting in the Library’s 6th floor conference room 605 June – November.