Present: Ann Marchock, Ben Rodriguez, Cindy Fisher, Debora Hanken Kurtz, Elise Nacca, Jee Davis, Jennifer Heath, Kristen Hogan, Kelly Kerbow-Hudson, Krystal Wyatt-Baxter, Roxanne Bogucka
The meeting started with debriefing about the DASIG event on December 10th. The members received various feedback from the attendees and share it in the meeting. Some feedback includes:
- The duration of the event was too short to cover the diversity topics that were discussed in the event and it should have been longer; more training opportunities on diversity are needed.
- The several attendees expressed the desire for hands-on training classes and longer workshops (a half day).
- Some folks expressed the intention and expectation of the event could have framed better prior to the event.
- There is a need for ongoing/continuing training to learn proper terms and the use of those terms since they continue to evolve; UTL staff should be familiar with proper and sensitive terms to better serve our diverse user groups.
- Some staff expressed that they would like training on what different diversity names mean, such as transgender, queer, etc
We discussed some thoughts/reflections after delivering the exciting and successful event:
- The event has provided us lots of ideas for future events. It has proved that there is great need for diversity education in UTL such as anti-oppression training classes
- Small group discussion was useful in that staff from different areas who normally do not have much interaction discuss diversity issues that concern them in their daily work; it would be good to have a facilitator for the small group discussion to bring folks to the main discussion point when needed.
- The event provided a good introductory session to several important diversity matters; there needs to be more concrete takeaways.
After the debriefing, we discussed finalizing DASIG document to Dr. Haricombe. There was vivid discussion on recommendations regarding the Diversity Officer position and the future functions of DASIG. We agreed to the following approaches in these matters:
- We recommend the future roles of DASIG in UTL as we have been discussed; Jennifer will provide information regarding various groups (e.g. committees, working groups, etc.) and their roles in UTL.
- In terms of recommending the Diversity Officer position, we will compile the job responsibilities and required skills of the position. We agreed that it will be difficult and not necessary to come up with how the position will fit in the organization and what the appointment status should be in the document. The members will share some job responsibilities and skills that are related to the position via dasig mailing list by January 9, 2015.
- Kristen and Jee are responsible for compiling the final document by January 20, 2015.
Participating NDLC ’16 was briefly discussed. It was obvious that we are interested in participating in this conference.
Kristen, Cindy, Ben (and maybe Krystal and Elise) plan to attend a member meeting of BeVocal (The Bystander Intervention Initiative of The University of Texas at Austin) and see the possibility of our getting involved in this campus initiative.
We discussed the article Christmas in a Cultural Center. We discussed how Christian Privilege and Domination prevail in our own workplace. The difficulty among the folks who have a different religion or belief system is also discussed and identified as a societal challenge.
Agenda for next meeting (10-11:30 AM, January 22, PCL 3.120)
- Discussion on next events by DASIG
- Final approval for the compiled DASIG document
1. Share the ideas regarding the job responsibilities and skills of the Diversity Officer position via dasig email list by January 9.
2. Compile the final documentation for Dr. Haricombe by January 20 and share it with the members (Kristen and Jee)