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Faculty Assembly

FMAC Meeting Minutes

Friday, February 3, 2006


In attendance: Christina Jimenez, Anthony Cordova, Maria Steen, Christina Martinez, Nina Gomez, Kee Warner, Mala Madathil, Carmen Abeyta, Aditi Mitra, Eddie Portillos, Chinghua (Edward) Chow, Betty Trout-Kelly, Marguerite Cantu, Nick Sterling (Student employee), Dawn House (Administrative Asst.)

 Minutes from Dec 2, 2005, meeting distributed. Nina Gomez moved to approve minutes; minutes approved. 

Old Business: 

Kee Warner reported on activity at last Faculty Assembly meeting. The Faculty Assembly voted to purchase a table at the Cinco de Mayo banquet. Volunteer(s) requested to attend the next Assembly meeting, as Kee Warner will not be out of town. Both Christina Jimenez and Betty Trout-Kelly will be able to attend. 

Christina Jimenez called for a new representative to attend EMAC meetings in Denver. Christina Martinez volunteered; it was agreed to try to organize groups of committee members who would be able to attend. Maria Sergia Steen will also go when she can. 

Nick Sterling presented an update on the FMAC website. More photos of committee members were requested; suggestions for links included: Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Resources link (which would include a list of available films, provided by Christina Martinez), Women’s Studies calendar of events, Freedom Song, and White Privilege Conference. Christina Jimenez will forward the Success Stories that she has received and asked for those who have not already provided one to send it to her as soon as possible. She is also working on a Mission Statement for the site, and hopes to have it ready for the committee to see at the next meeting.  

The question of having a FMAC bulletin board was raised. After discussion, the suggestion of adding a flyer to the Women’s Studies/Ethnic Studies board was made and agreed upon. Christina Jimenez to contact them for approval. 

Anthony Cordova provided an update regarding the permanent display of the Birmingham Pledge Posters. He and Marguerite Cantu will work together to re-produce the posters in a more permanent and appealing format. 

Betty Trout Kelly informed the committee that $750 had been allocated to bring Dr. Zang from Tulane University to campus and invited all interested to attend the colloquium. She stated that there is a department working on bringing another faculty member from Tulane. She has urged all search committees to communicate their candidate information to her, in order to make contact with them. 

New Business: 

Anthony Cordova updated the committee on progress of the International Initiatives Forum. The Chancellor is looking into establishing an exchange program to bring international students to UCCS and UCCS students to study abroad. There is also a need for a full time advocate to assist international students. Planning for this has already begun. It was suggested to hold an International Student Day on campus, which could highlight foods, clothing, and traditions of foreign students. Jim Henderson is working on instituting a separate orientation for foreign students, hopefully before the next Fall semester. Aditi Mitra has been asked to give input to the Chancellor and will provide a copy of her report to the committee. Anthony Cordova also stated that he has set up meetings with potential mentor volunteers. 

Christina Jimenez and Kee Warner presented information on UCCS’ hosting of Freedom’s Song. They suggested asking faculty to present chapters and relate them to their particular fields. Christina Jimenez is organizing a lecture series at the request of Chancellor Shockley and Dean Neal. Everyone was urged to attend the Kick Off on Feb. 23rd. This will be an 8-week lecture series. Flyers are to be made available and Tom Hutton and the Chancellor’s office will be publicizing the event. This is a joint collaboration with Pikes Peak Community College. Christina will be sending an email with the dates of all the events, and asked members to encourage their students to attend. A UCCS/PPCC joint reception is to be held on Feb 10th in Cragmor 008. 

Christina Jimenez and Betty Trout Kelly informed the committee that Colorado Springs will be hosting the White Privilege Conference in 2007. This is a national conference, with approximately 400 participants expected. Christina and Betty will both be at this year’s conference, being held in St. Louis. A planning meeting for 2007 will be held on March 10th and committee participation was encouraged. The dates of the conference in Colorado Springs are April 22 – 26, 2007. 

Christina requested $150 from committee funds to help cover her travel expenses to St. Louis for this year’s conference. Maria Sergia Steen proposed increasing it to $200, which was approved by the committee. 

Marguerite Cantu – On Wednesday, Feb. 22nd in Denver, the Native American Family Center is holding a function. Betty Trout Kelly said that funding would be available for participants. 

Anthony Cordova – A Blue Ribbon Commission on recent racial events in Boulder will be on the Denver campus March 4th and at UCCS on April 7th. Attendance is encouraged. 

The next meeting will be held on Friday March 17th, 10:30 – Noon. Location to be announced, as a larger room will be needed.