University Senate – December 2020 Minutes

  1. Call to Order – The December 14, 2020 meeting of the University Senate was called to order at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom by President Michael Swanbom.
  2. Welcome – President, Michael Swanbom, COES
  3. Roll Call – Alicia Kimbell recorded the attendees as they logged into Zoom; a quorum was met
  4. Approval of November 2020 Minutes – a motion to approve the minutes was made by Joanna Ward and seconded by John Worsencroft; all approved
  5. Devonia Love-Vaughn, Dean of Inclusion Initiatives & Student Success: Remarks and Q & A
    1. Spoke to the senate regarding her new role
      1. Student-centered focus
      2. Retention
      3. Scholarship program
      4. Focus is underrepresented students
      5. Working to bring academic & student side together
    2. New Director of Multicultural Affairs will begin on January 13th
    3. Would like to implement campus climate surveys to obtain thoughts on inclusion in all forms
    4. Inclusive hiring, retention, and recruiting of students, faculty, and staff
    5. Developing inclusive excellence strategic plan for campus
    6. Campus-wide advisory council where every college is represented
  6. Policy Review Project
    1. Justin Kavalir is still reviewing policies with older revision dates
    2. Mikey Swanbom spoke with Justin and will continue to review policies that are part of the foundation on behalf of the senate
    3. As policies come up for review, Mikey will make a folder that the senate can view as well as bring up issues/edits that need to be presented to APC
  1. Request for Support for IT
    1. Jane Jacob made a request for senate support in writing a proposal requesting the university to set aside a budget to hire additional IT in response to increased needs for their services.
  1. Adjournment
    1. A motion was made by Joseph Williams and seconded by Joan Lynam to adjourn at 4:45 p.m. All approved.