Appendix S

10/18/16

SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATIONAL EQUITY AND CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT

New Member Orientation

(Informational)

Membership

The membership of the Educational Equity and Campus Environment Committee (EECE) includes:

  • University Faculty Senators (from both University Park and Commonwealth Campuses)
  • An Undergraduate Student
  • A Graduate Student
  • A Representative of the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equity
  • A Representative of the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity
  • A Representative of the Commission for Women
  • The Vice Provost for Educational Equity

The EECE achieves much of its duties through collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity. In particular the Vice Provost has been of vital importance to the work of the Committee. Also, the three representatives of the Presidential Commissions have moved from simple sharing of information on their respective commission’s activities to being full partners in working on EECE reports. Considering the breadth of the EECE membership, deliberations of matters put before the EECE benefit from a broad array of perspectives.

Policies for EECE Duties

There are no particular policies that serve as the foundation of EECE actions but the following policies and statements serve to guide the EECE.

Faculty Senate Statement of Duties

The statement of duties for the EECE available at the University Faculty Senate web site (http://senate.psu.edu/senators/standing-committees/educational-equity-and-campus-environment/) is:

The Committee on Educational Equity and Campus Environment, in conjunction with other Senate Committees and other bodies outside of the University Faculty Senate (e.g., Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity), will recommend policy and advise the University on activities to improve the campus environment and educational equity across the entire University at all of its campuses. The Committee will initiate joint explorations and investigations with other Senate standing committees to ensure diversity and equity issues are integrated throughout Senate deliberations.

It shall be the Senate advisory body to the Vice Provost for Educational Equity. The purview of the Committee shall include but not be limited to recruitment efforts, admissions policy, housing practices, curriculum review and development, graduation demographics, student life issues and outreach as they relate to matters of equity and diversity. The Committee will not only participate in the current strategic planning activities for the University but will also develop and maintain an action plan for the University Faculty Senate specifically addressing the challenges as outlined in the University’s diversity strategic plans.

Mandated Reports

There are no mandated reports listed in the Committee Priority Form for EECE. Traditionally, the EECE sponsors reports prepared in collaboration with one or more of the President’s Commissions for Equity (Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equity; Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity; and Commission for Women).

SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATIONAL EQUITY AND CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT

  • Kimberly Blockett
  • Julia Bryan, Vice Chair
  • Dwight Davis
  • Erinn Finke
  • Timothy Lawlor
  • Robert Loeb, Chair
  • John Malchow
  • Adam Malek
  • Dara Purvis
  • Samia Suliman
  • Eileen Trauth
  • Marcus Whitehurst