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Report on College Initiatives on Race and Diversity

May 2016

In November 2015, students representing the Minority Student Advisory Board, the Black Students’ Union, Douglass Leadership House and the Spanish and Latino Students’ Association led a protest and presented President Seligman with a list of demands regarding the status of minority students, staff and faculty at the University. Following this protest, and in light of the national discussion of issues of race and diversity on campuses around the country, President Seligman established a Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity. He asked that Commission to review the climate for race and diversity throughout the University and to submit its final report this spring. Information about the Commission is available on its website. The Commission’s Interim Report was completed at the end of January and it expects to complete its final report in September.

At the same time that the President established the Commission on Race and Diversity, he also asked the College to review several of the demands on the students’ petition, charged Norman Burnett (Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs) and Beth Olivares (Dean for Diversity and Director of the Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering) to co-chair an anti-racism campaign and asked Chief Counsel Gail Norris to work with others to review the Student Code of Conduct. This message provides an update on the status of these efforts.
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Commission Presents Interim Report

January 2016

On January 31, the Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity provided its interim report to President and CEO Joel Seligman based on its charge to assess issues of race and diversity at the University. Established this past November by Seligman in response to a petition from several student groups, as well as events involving students, faculty, and staff on campus and beyond, the commission is chaired by Paul Burgett, vice president and senior advisor to the president, and Richard Feldman, dean of the College, and includes faculty, students, administrators, and staff. President Seligman has issued his response to the interim report and expressed his gratitude to the commission for their hard and dedicated work.
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President Seligman’s response >>