MSU Diversity Council

October 21, 2021

1:30-3:00 pm

 

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Ariel Donohue- Chair,

Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer

 

Alison Harmon - Interim Chair,

Academic Deans

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Marianne Brough- Division of Student Success

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PJ Diamond- Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons

 

Mayuri Singh – Student Diversity Representative

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Nicole Divine- All Staff Council

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Bridget Kevane- Academic Diversity Partner- CLS

 

Kyla Bush- Bobcat Athletics

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Brennan Reeves- Office of International Programs

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Bradford Watson- Faculty Senate

 

Michael Lee- Graduate Partnerships

 

Isabella Roccisano- Associated Students of MSU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Participants

 

 

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Juliana Rajamohan

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Becca Belou

 

 

 

 

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Kayte Kaminski

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Chris Kearns

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Approval of minutes from September 16th meeting
    Approved
  3. BIPOC Priority #3: Chris Kearns, Vice President for Student Success
    We have been working on finding better physical accommodations for the DISC to provide more adequate space for programming, student community building through the DISC. The proposal was approved by several committees and by the President. Next steps include waiting for the Vet Center to move into Romney Hall, developing plans for moving and staffing the DISC, and determining how to best use the new space. Most likely looking at winter break for a move. The university has prioritized students and addressing the issues we’ve heard from students. Thanks to Space Management, DISC, VPSS, ODI.
  4. Report on opening of American Indian Hall: Walter Fleming, Department Chair, Native American Studies
    Walter not in attendance. Ariel provided an update of the grand opening events.
  5. Fall student and employee data: Becca Belou, Office of Planning and Analysis

    Current data on strategic plan goal 1.1.1 (enrollment of students from underrepresented groups) can be found at https://www.montana.edu/planningcouncil/goal-updates/goal-1.1-update.html.

    This year, we are seeing increases in share of MSU students who identify with underrepresented races and ethnicities. There was a discussion of how to create community, where there are opportunities for improvement, and how university groups and leaders can impact these data. Becca also shared data from the gender equity event on 9/28 related to faculty, staff, and student demographics, and STEM-specific demographic data.

  6. Africana Studies certificate development and research grants: Bridget Kevane
    CLS has put out a call for anyone interested in participating in /working towards the development of an Africana Studies certificate. They will be hosting a working group meeting in the first two weeks of November with anyone who expressed interest in learning about or participating in this initiative. There will be mini-grants for faculty ($1,000-3,000) for faculty who want to propose a course to fit within the certificate. Certificate would be 12-15 credits. Brooke Bocast (scholar in Africana studies and faculty in anthropology) and Jelani Mahiri (who teaches Intro to Africana Studies) are working closely on this effort. The call for participation that was sent out will be shared with Diversity Council members.
  7. DEI recruitment mini-grant opportunity: Ariel Donohue
    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is offering mini-grants of up to $2,000 to support strategies for diversifying recruitment of faculty and staff. For more details, visit https://www.montana.edu/diversity/resources/facultystaff/recruitment_minigrants.html. Ariel asked for volunteers from the Diversity Council to be part of the proposal review committee for these mini-grants. Nicole Divine and Bridget Kevane volunteered, with Marianne Brough volunteering as a back-up review committee member.
  8. Academic Diversity Partners: Kayte Kaminski
    Provided a reminder of who ADPs are and what they do. ADPs have been working this summer and fall on outlining DEI goals for their colleges.
  9. Public Comment
  • A new group, Students Raising Children (SRC), is seeking a faculty or staff advisor as they work to become a student organization for people at MSU who have diverse and specific needs related to being a student and raising a child at the same time. If you are interested in becoming the advisor or a member of this group, visit https://forms.gle/NA1kF1ZTJYgsCM5E7.
  • Family Monster Mash (activity for families and parenting students) is Oct 30th 4-6: https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events/39591
  • ASMSU is seeking student leaders to join their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council! Volunteer for this important leadership opportunity to influence campus programs, practices, and policies.
  • Position Duration: Volunteer position is for an average of 5 hours/month until May 2022.
  • Position Focus: This position and its duties are focused to support the efforts of the ASMSU student-led Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council in holding public forums with student groups and advising the Senate on DEI issues.
  • For more information, application, and position requirements please visit https://montanastate.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/511300.
  • Priority application deadline is November 4th, 2021
  • Wednesday evening event: LGBTQ movie with the Women’s center, https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events/39757
  • Asian Folklore event hosted by A.S.I.A. and the Gallatin Valley Land Trust: Friday, October 29th 5:30 pm. Register to attend at https://tinyurl.com/ASIAfolklorenight. Folklore stories will have origins from a variety of Asian countries, ranging from mythological beings to tales of earth, water, and sky. This exciting folklore-filled event is open to the public.
  • Día de los Muertos– Fuerza Latinx, DISC, and ASMSU are collaborating to make an alter which will be set up on 11/1 in front of the OSE offices.
  • Chosen name go-live date today! https://www.montana.edu/chosenname/

     X. Upcoming Diversity Events

OCTOBER

 

 

 

Queer Faculty and Staff Association event

10/22/2021

3-5 pm

Reid Hall

DIV110 Intersectionality & Privilege

10/25/2021

9am-12pm

SUB Ballroom B

Community Roundtable on Equity and Inclusion

10/25/2021

3-6 pm

Register HERE

A.S.I.A. Meeting

10/25/2021

5-6 pm

Norm Asbjornson Hall (NAH) 137

Safe Zone, Module 1

10/26/2021

1-3 pm

SUB Alumni Lounge

**Inclusive Pedagogy Series Workshop 2: Universal Design for Learning

10/27/2021

1-2:30 pm

Reid 124 and WebEx

Honors Presents: BSU President Bernice Donohue-Academic Elitism: The Impact of the University System on Black Students

10/27/2021

6-7:30 pm

Byker Auditorium

LGBTQ+ Film Night: Kiss Me Before It Blows Up!

10/27/2021

6-8 pm

Procrastinator Theater

*Welcoming Tribal College Students - Workshop 4

10/28/2021

3-4:30pm

PBB 108

Racial Connection and Healing Space

10/28/2021

4-5 pm

Wilson Hall 2-105

Asian Folklore Night

10/29/2021

5:30 pm

Outside near GVLT’s downtown offices

NOVEMBER

 

 

 

Safe Zone, Module 2

11/2/2021

1-3 pm

SUB Alumni Lounge

Diversity in Health Professions

11/3/2021

4-5 pm

Cheever 215

*Welcoming Tribal College Students - Workshop 5

11/4/2021

3-4:30pm

PBB 108

Racial Connection and Healing Space

11/4/2021

4-5 pm

Wilson Hall 2-105

Safe Zone, Module 3

11/9/2021

1-3 pm

SUB 233

**Inclusive Pedagogy Series Workshop 3: Trauma Informed Pedagogy Panel

11/10/2021

1-2:30 pm

Reid 124 and WebEx

*Welcoming Tribal College Students - Workshop 6

11/14/2021

3-4:30pm

PBB 108

Women in STEM History with AWC (Association for Women in Computing)

11/16/2021

5-6 pm

Barnard 347

*Faculty and staff only                   **Faculty only

 

Next meeting: Thursday, November 18; 1:30 – 3:00 pm