President’s Diversity Council Meeting 9/4/13
Ritta Abell, Adam Black, Jerel Benton, Evangeline Day, Stephanie Garner, Jaime Gordon, Charles Holloway, Pamella Jaisingh, Sara Larson, Kathy Lewis, Joshua Moore, Clarenda Phillips
welcomed the committee back for the current school year and introductions were
made of new members on the committee.
of Faculty and Staff
*Stephanie Garner requested
feedback about the publications or websites that we should use to attract
diverse faculty and staff as we know we have challenges in this area. The question was also asked how diverse are
the candidate pools when hiring is done? Charles Holloway shared with the committee that he works with HR on
reviewed the enrollment data that was shared as of 9/2/2013. The enrollment comparison for Fall 2012 and
Fall 2013 were reviewed and there is an increase in the total number of
underrepresented students on campus.
shared that about 240 students have requested assistance from her office. There are currently two personal coaches
available to assist with services. PDC will
also review the retention rate of the students that utilize the disabilities
services in the future. Clarenda
Phillips stated that faculty could benefit with more face to face instruction
on how to service students with disabilities. PDC should advocate for this
being a part of Professional Development. Adam Black stated that SEED could probably work with Disabilities
Services to assist with the professional development.
To Me (MM2M)
*More than 50
young ladies are a part of the program. Their retention rate from last year was over 90%. All of the young ladies have mentors and they
are planning a retreat next weekend for upper-class females.
Empowerment Network (MEN)
stated that the barbershop forums will start in the middle of September and
will go through December. The forums
will take place in the Eagle Diversity Educational Center located on the first
floor of Allie Young.
meeting was held and about a third of the students attended and half of the
mentors where present. There are 116
students in the program. Sixty-eight
FTFR, and Forty-eight upperclassmen.
Empowering Exceptional InDividuals (SEED)
*Adam Black stated
that they are revamping their focus to concentrate on mentoring college
students versus high school and middle school students as they have in the
past. They are planning for their 3rd
annual Dancing with the Faculty.
shared with the committee the results of the Campus Climate Survey. The committee will review the data and
provide Charles Holloway with more questions or items that need to be address. Ritta Abell wanted to ensure that those who
participated did receive their prizes. PDC
members requested additional information on whether particular groups of
students were having similar experiences.
reviewed with the committee our retention rates and enrollment numbers for Fall
2012. Based on the information, Jaime
Gordon asked the question about what we are doing to ensure that we continue to
increase our Hispanic/Latino numbers. Charles Holloway shared with the group that Enrollment Services is looking
to partner with K’LEA (Kentucky Latino Education Alliance) to increase our
numbers. Charles Holloway also shared
with the group that he had had a prior meeting with individuals on campus to
discuss services that we need to have in place to ensure that our
Hispanic/Latino students had resources available. Sara Larson shared with the committee that
the Catholic Church had services at noon and that they were in Spanish.
also shared with the PDC that we will need to review the Diversity Plan (2011
-2015) since the university is in the process of updating the Strategic
Plan. The diversity plan will be sent to
the committee to review.