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C-10 Recruitment and Retention Committee

Members

Arellano, Margarita, 2002-2003, associate dean of students
Barrick, Darcy L., ex officio, UT Learning Center representative
Constant, Alan D., 2002-2003, associate director, UT Learning Center, chair
Garza, Thomas J., 2001-2003, associate professor, Slavic languages and literature
Grant, Darlene, 2001-2003, associate professor, social work
Jones, Joni L., 2001-2003, associate professor, speech communication
Valenzuela, Angela, 2002-2004, associate professor, curriculum and instruction
Walker, N. Bruce, ex officio, director, admissions

Faculty Council Appointees

Cvetkovich, Ann, 2002-2003, associate professor, English
Olive, Melissa L., 2002-2003, assistant professor, special education

Three Students

Ghebremichael, Semhar J., 2002-2003, Student Government representative, human development, senior
Obiyo, Chuki, 2002-2003, Student Government representative, psychology, sophomore
Ross, Kimberly N., 2002-2003, Student Government representative, pre-journalism, senior

Administrative Advisors

Aleman, Susana I., ex officio, representative, Hispanic Alumni Association
Burt, Brenda H., ex officio, representative, Black Alumni Association
Garza, Augustine, ex officio, deputy director, admissions
Hill, James L., ex officio, vice president for human resources and community relations
Rodriguez, Victoria, ex officio, vice provost

The work of the 2002-2003 Recruitment and Retention Committee centered on planning, implementing, and discussing a series of public Town Hall meetings. The theme of the Town Hall meetings was “Building Diversity for UT.” The goal of these meetings was to identify significant recruitment and retention issues and to solicit student, administration, staff, and faculty solutions. The first meeting, held on February 11, 2003, drew more than 300 participants. The two follow-up “solutions” meetings drew significantly smaller audiences. Ideas generated by attendees at the Town Hall series and members of Recruitment and Retention Committee form the basis of the following recommendations.

President Faulkner argued that there is “a compelling need for each one of us to develop the knowledge and skill to work effectively and with good will across cultural boundaries.” Given recent events and the current campus climate, the Recruitment and Retention Committee believes that the Faculty Council has a unique opportunity to lead and recommends that the Council release a public statement articulating the need for campus diversity. The committee also recommends that the Faculty Council support the following changes designed to alleviate the problems of recruitment and retention:

1.
University-wide commitment to accurate representation of the student body in all University publications, both print and electronic. Current brochures frequently do not reflect the fact that one-third of the student body is Asian American, African American, or Hispanic.
2.
Inclusion of a diversity module in the existing on-line compliance training required of faculty and staff.
3.
Expansion of available scholarship opportunities to encourage diverse populations to matriculate at The University of Texas at Austin.
4.
Funding for a cohort of student recruiters working in the Admissions Office. Unpaid student volunteers have played a critical role in the University’s diversification efforts; it is time they are compensated for their efforts. As at other peer institutions, these student recruiters should be compensated either monetarily or in the form of partial tuition/fee waivers.
5.
Increased funding for the Multicultural Information Center (MIC) to provide better services for students of color in the following areas:
diversity education and leadership training for students;
expansion of MIC educational resource library;
MIC funding of student organization programs;
long-term programming initiatives.
6.
A three-hour course requirement for undergraduates to examine multicultural issues related to race, nationality, gender, and/or ethnicity. The committee recommends that a list of such courses open to all undergraduates be generated by the provost’s office and approved by the Faculty Council.
7.
Prominent placement of new statues to make the campus a more welcoming place for students of color. The committee suggests placement of the Cesar Chavez and Barbara Jordan statues at the new University gateway planned for Martin Luther King Boulevard and Speedway.


Alan Constant, chair


This document was posted on the Faculty Council Web site, www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on August 20, 2003. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.