MSU Diversity Council

April 15, 2021

1:30-3:00 pm

WebEx

 

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Ariel Donohue- Chair,

Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer

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Kimberly Anderson- All Staff Council

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Marianne Brough- Division of Student Success

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PJ Diamond- Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons

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Liz Greenfield- Academic Diversity Partner- JJCBE

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Alison Harmon-

Academic Deans

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Bridget Kevane- Academic Diversity Partner- CLS

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Kyla Bush- Bobcat Athletics

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Brennan Reeves- Office of International Programs

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Bradford Watson- Faculty Senate

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Michael Lee- Graduate Partnerships

 

Mayuri Singh – Student Diversity Representative

 

Vacant- Associated Students of MSU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Participants

 

 

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Eric Wold

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Alfons Stark

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Julie Clay

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Tim Capps

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Olivia Jakabosky

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Stephanie Wilson

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Dean Adams

 

 

 

  1. Welcome
  2. Approval of minutes from March 18 meeting
    1. Approved unanimously.
  3. Informational item: Chosen name program

    Guests: Eric Wold, Julie Clay, Alfons Stark, Tim Capps; University Information Technology

      • Have had 41 participants since the start of the pilot program in 2016
      • Chosen name is a name that an individual wishes to use and be known by throughout their academic and professional careers at MSU campuses.
      • Have assembled a project team of UIT reps, DISC, Division of Student Success units, HR; Four-campus effort. Working on scaling the program to be available to students, faculty, and staff through implementation of new Banner 9
      • Pilot project website: https://www.montana.edu/registrar/ChosenName.html
  4. Informational item: Asian Student Interracial Association (A.S.I.A.)

    Guests: Olivia Jakabosky, President of A.S.I.A.; Stephanie Keene, Vice President of A.S.I.A.; Michael Lee, Global Ambassador for A.S.I.A.

    • Recently had a meeting and students shared their concerns about anti-AAPI hate
    • A.S.I.A. became an official recognized organization Feb 2021. First pan-Asian association at MSU. Space of learning for heritage and non-heritage students. Currently made up of undergrad, graduate students, faculty, staff, community members.
    • Shared common issues and concerns, including safety, barriers to reporting, microaggressions
    • Shared potential solutions, including communications, training, support services and spaces.
    • Discussed reporting mechanisms and areas for improvement; connection with academic offerings; ways offices can support AAPI students.
  5. Informational item: Inner Mountain Leadership Program
    Guests: Michael Lee and team
  6. Discussion: BIPOC Priority #2

    Guest: Dean Adams, Director of Center for Faculty Excellence

    • In the past year, CFE has put on several trainings and workshops around racial justice. Topics have included: weaving racial justice into your classroom, Indigenizing your syllabus, connecting with tribal communities, CIMER training, implicit bias in course evaluations, IEFA workshop, MUS teaching scholars on equity-minded pedagogies, Trauma-informed pedagogies and universal design.
    • In May, the CFE team will be holding a retreat to plan for the coming year, look at gaps, what they will develop.
    • Next year, CFE plans to hold another faculty symposium, can have a group of exemplar faculty at incorporating racial justice in courses. Bystander and microaggression trainings as part of classroom management.
    • Teaching enhancement certificate – idea of creating tracks, one for DEI, graduate mentoring, etc.
    • Discussed how to build a baseline understanding for faculty around DEI?
  7. Public Comment
    • Multicultural graduation celebrations: last week of April, all virtual. Dates on Cats Connect.

 

Next meeting: May 20th from 1:30-3:00 pm (last meeting of the academic year)