Comments and Questions from Listening Session with Bruce

MEC

Because we’re going through cuts, many clearly have been making sacrifices.  Am concerned that the impact of 5% cuts will fall hard on services that are important to our minority students.

We once had a College of Ethnic Studies (1969-19__).  American Cultural Studies seems to be in jeopardy. 

Trio programs and other federal programs are available to support underrepresented students, but we have to have staff to write the grant proposals.  

We need to take risks and understand what that means.  The openness is catching, and we appreciate it even when it is uncomfortable to see/hear what people are saying.

What would a faculty/staff diversity initiative look like?

Hiring is important, but retention is a critical issue too.

That’s where MEC comes in.  MEC was formed by employees seeing a gap in the support system for faculty and staff of color.  The organization is not official and blessed by the university.  We may need something formalized. 

MEC wanted the independence.  Younger employees now want to restart MEC. 

The support program at WWU has been built informally by people in a variety of roles – not through structure.   We need to work with this organic thing and make it work more effectively. 

A couple of years ago, the Provost said he wanted to be a direct link for MEC to express concerns.  Who now? 

There have been people of color hired who we don’t even know about.  That illustrates that the informal nature of the MEC isn’t effective.

There’s concern about decrease in boys going on to higher ed.  There are issues and a body of academic work about how we educate young boys, and how we educate young boys of color who get onto the wrong track educationally.  

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