Welcome

The Equity and Diversity Committee advises the dean on issues of equity and diversity affecting the college. The committee shall perform reviews of specific complaints of inequity in the college and report to the dean. Examples of equity and diversity issues that affect the college include:

  • recommendations regarding a grievance procedure for students, academic staff, and faculty;
  • procedures in hiring searches to ensure greater diversity among the college’s faculty and staff;
  • recruitment and retention of minority students;
  • minority student programs;
  • retention programs for at-risk students;
  • other issues as deemed appropriate by the committee.

Membership

Appointments are made by the dean on an annual basis to staggered three-year terms. In general, the membership will be constituted by:

  1. Minimum six faculty. Maximum eight faculty. A faculty member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
  2. Two academic staff. An academic staff member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
  3. One classified staff (non-represented). A classified staff member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
  4. Two undergraduate students to be appointed by the CALS Student Council or referral by a faculty member. Students commit initially to a 1 year term. Prior to the end of the Spring semester, students shall be offered the opportunity to continue for a second or third term, depending upon their interest and availability. Students serve no more than 3 consecutive terms.
  5. Minimum two graduate students. Maximum four graduate students. Students commit initially to a 1 year term. Prior to the end of the Spring semester, students shall be offered the opportunity to continue for a second or third term, depending upon their interest and availability. Students serve no more than 3 consecutive terms.
  6. Minimum two ex officio members to include: a member of the CALS Human Resource Office and the senior associate dean.

Voting

Once committee membership for the academic year has been finalized, quorum shall be determined as minimum 2/3 of voting membership.

Meetings

Meetings will be scheduled on a monthly basis. Additional meetings may be scheduled as necessary by the chair, or at the request of the dean.