BFSC tenets and possible ways to address

The objectives of BFSC are:
1. To provide a forum for addressing important issues which affect Blacks at the University of Kansas.
2. To provide a resource for the development of Black faculty and staff members at the university.
3. To provide a resource for the development and retention of Black students at KU.
4. To advise the university leaders and the university community regarding the needs and concerns of Blacks at KU.
5. To promote diversity, employment and academic pursuits within the university and the community.
6. To establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with various university units, the alumni, community groups and Black faculty and staff at other regents institutions.
7. To promote positive race relations based on understanding and respect for human dignity.
8. To monitor and encourage the inclusion of cultural diversity as an integral part of the mission of the University of Kansas.

With this survey, we will address these tenets with your help. Please choose at least one area.

Thanks,
Karen

Volunteers are needed for the following eight areas. Please check the area(s) of which you wish to help. A detailed description of each area is provided below.

  Yes Maybe Not Interested
Forum for addressing important issues
Resource for the development of Black faculty and staff
Resource for the development and retention of Black students
Advise the university leaders and the university community
Promote diversity, employment and academic pursuits
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
Promote positive race relations
Monitor and encourage inclusion of cultural diversity
Description of targeted areas:
1) Forum for addressing important issues
• Have meeting/training sessions – possible topics:
- steps to take if bad review/appealing decisions; how budget cuts may affect BFSC members and how to minimize
• if have commercial groups come talk, then have them pay for lunch
• find/apply for grants to help fund some of our programs

2) Resource for the development of Black faculty and staff
• faculty: tenure (if don’t have special evening program)
• unclassified: completion of free class/semester & application of PD grant
• classified – any programs out there we should promote?
- Support Staff engagement - need to get more involvement/participation; need names of potential chair of committee and recruit additional folks to get involved
• Encourage/support involvement in University Senate
• BFSC communications
- get a dedicated email address (gmail or ku address)
- voice mail account? Is there an associated cost?

3) Resource for the development and retention of Black students
• Student liaison
- determine which groups are on campus (ie, BSU, ASU, NSBE, grad group)
- have BFSC representative go to at least one meeting a year/semester
- communicate about banquet
- serve as a resource if issues on campus

4) Advise the university leaders and the university community
• spring meeting with Chancellor/Provost
• semester meeting with Fred Rodriguez
• submit annual report to key personnel to show what BFSC is doing

5) Promote diversity, employment and academic pursuits within KU and the community
• have a list on our website of speakers and potential topics. Make sure BFSC gets some sort of recognition – “speaker is a member of BFSC which …”
• continue to publicize endeavors on BFSC website

6) Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others
• Other BFSC in KS
- schedule conference/meeting with other BFSCs
• Alumni involvement
- add alumni recognition/award to banquet – ask group for names of folks to be recognized
- get Alumni Association to be a sponsor
- ask Association to provide free/reduced membership to graduates (beyond 6 mo intro)
• Medical school
- have at least 1 meeting a year at medical school
- have a med school representative as a committee
• Community outreach
- Go to meetings of diverse community groups (NAACP, social organizations, etc)
- submit annual report to diversity director and other key personnel

7) Promote positive race relations based on understanding and respect for human dignity
• Continue doing what BFSC does
• New ideas?

8) Monitor and encourage inclusion of cultural diversity as an integral part of KU’s mission
• Continue doing what BFSC does
• New ideas?

You will be contacted after the BFSC Welcome Reception. The reception is Friday, August 28, 2009, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Spencer Library, North Gallery - 3rd floor. To attend the reception, please RSVP at:

http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrl/NQUAXGVNKLMHBZTIPFVJ/BFSCreception.

Thank you for participating in the Black Faculty and Staff Council. Please complete survey by Wednesday, August 26th. I know we'll have a great year with your help.

Karen Hester
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