Agenda - February 8, 2016

I. Attendance

II. Public Comment

  1. Heru

III. Committee Elections

  1. Sexual Respect Task Force (2)
  2. Appointments Board
  3. Five College Student Coordinating Board

       i.     Shruthi or Ramy

  1. Powerhouse Committee
  2. Transportation Committee

IV. Loneliness Survey Results Presentation – Evelyn & Ludia

V. Secretary Van Responsibilities

VI. Reports

  1. Committee Reports
  2. General Announcements
  3. Officer Reports

VII. New Business

VIII. Approve the Minutes

  1. Last Week & Two Weeks Ago

IX.  Adjournment

Agenda - December 7, 2015

I. Attendance

II. Public Comment

III. BC Recommendations

IV. Club Budgets

V. Funding Across Semesters Policy – BC

VI. Senate Project Overview – Shruthi

VII. Reports

  1. Committee Reports
  2. General Announcements
  3. Officer Reports

       i. Secret Santa

VIII. New Business

IX. Approve the Minutes

X. Adjournment

Agenda - November 30, 2015

I. Attendance

II. Public Comment

III. Robert’s Rules Discussion

IV. BC Recommendations

V. Funding Across Semesters Policy – BC

VI. Senate Project Overview – Shruthi

VII. Committee Elections

  1. Five College Student Coordinating Board (1)
  2. College Council (1?)

VIII. Senate Mentor Program

IX. Reports

  1. Committee Reports
  2. General Announcements
  3. Officer Reports

       i.  Senate Bios

X. New Business

XI. Approve the Minutes

XII. Adjournment

AAS Campus Forum Agenda & Notes - November 16, 2015

  1. Attendance

  2. Welcome & Overview

  3. Presentations from Administrators

    1. Alex Vasquez – Dean of Students

      1. Need for cultural competency training for staff

        1. Not a one-off event, ongoing process

        2. Incorporate student voices

      2. Emphasis on staff reflecting student body

        1. Students meet prospective hires

    2. Suzanne Coffey – Chief Student Affairs Officer

      1. Student life staff has been revamped in the past year or so

      2. Communication between staff and students to improve programming

        1. Take the energy from this weekend’s events to use for programming going forward

        2. More transparency in decision-making process

    3. Jacqueline Alvarez – Associate Dean, Director of Counselling Center

      1. Transition from a group into an agency

        1. Now a 24/7 organization

        2. More outreach

        3. Mental health promotion

      2. Goals

        1. Letters of Support for Amherst Uprising

        2. Formation of Student Advisory Board

          1. Meetings this week

        3. Effort to get staff to student events

        4. Develop strong liaison relationships with affinity groups

        5. Increase access to counselling services

          1. Psychiatry, staff specifically hired for working with students of color, the community at-large

        6. Better assessment of programming

    4. John Carter – Chief of Police

      1. One goal: ensure student safety

        1. Develop strong familiarity, relationships with officers on campus

        2. Police station is a safe space for students

    5. Group 1 Q&A (~20 Minutes)

      1. Speakers’ List: Bonnie, Becky, Shruthi, Andrew, Joy ||

        1. Dorm programming

        2. Communication between administrative offices

          1. Monthly meetings, weekly meetings, bi-weekly meetings

          2. Informal communication

        3. Make sure faculty feel welcome

          1. “Growing” faculty

          2. Listen, open channels of communication

          3. Address systemic racism, which leads to these feelings of unwelcomeness

        4. How to make resources known to students

          1. Talk to class deans, class dean will point you to the right person

        5. Statistics for retention/ time off for students of color

          1. No difference in the data that we have

            1. Measuring success in different ways

    6. Katie Fretwell – Dean of Admissions

      1. Admissions office organizes visits to underrepresented communities, schools that don’t know about Amherst

      2. Funding partner of Questbridge

        1. About 12% of students come through Questbridge

      3. Got rid of on-campus interviews

        1. Overrepresented by high-income students

      4. Diversity Open Houses

        1. Priority given to candidates from low-income backgrounds

    7. Gail Holt – Dean of Financial Aid

      1. Review family circumstances

      2. Provide greatest amount of resources to students with the most need

    8. Kevin Weinman – Chief Financial Officer

      1. Connecting needs with resources

        1. CPR helps to set funding priorities

    9. Lauren Clarke – Dean of International Students

    10. Group 2 Q&A (~20 Minutes)

      1. Speakers’ List: Paul, Mashi, Felix, Asa, Ruth, Rachel, Juan Gabriel, Gabby, Keylee, Katyana, Bella, Andrew, Alex, Myles ||

        1. Why don’t varsity athletes reflect the diversity of Amherst?

          1. Working on it

        2. New initiatives in admissions

          1. Recruiting more Native American students

        3. Making transfer students feel more welcome

        4. International search for hires

        5. Embracing diversity as more than a number

          1. “Contributing” or “sustaining” diversity instead

          2. Focus on character of prospective students?

            1. Examine the context in which they’ve lived and learned and how they have acted in these different environments

            2. Heavily weight sustained commitments

        6. Cultural competency training

        7. How to help ease the financial burden for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds?

          1. Use resources as equitably as possible

          2. Listen to each student and each family

        8. Systems for evaluating outreach initiatives

        9. Endowment consequences of eliminating the Lord Jeff as a mascot?

          1. Potential decrease in alumni donations?

            1. Not explicitly considered

            2. Likely funds that we wouldn’t want anyway

        10. How to better integrate international student orientation into orientation at-large?

    11. Catherine Epstein – Dean of Faculty

      1. There was a faculty meeting tonight

        1. Unanimous vote against the Lord Jeff as mascot at faculty meeting

    12. Biddy Martin – President

    13. Group 3 Q&A (~20 Minutes)

      1. Speakers’ List: Cami, Jamal, Sam R., Ramy, Adrian, Frank, Carlos, Michael, Jessica ||

        1. Few revenue sources (tuition, endowment, gifts)

          1. Rate of tuition increase needs to go down

          2. Do not collect very much of an increase year over year

        2. Possibility of increasing tenure track positions?

          1. Don’t need to add to the faculty in order to diversify the faculty

          2. Cap on tenure track positions is expected to be lifted

          3. Search committees have bought into increasing faculty of color

        3. Examining faculty support for students, making sure it doesn’t go unseen in tenure evaluation

        4. Institution of required classes to help teach about racism, classism, social inclusivity of all kinds?

          1. Questioning of open curriculum at-large

          2. Amherst organized around “elective affinity”

            1. Goethe also said this

        5. Board of Trustees missing from these conversations

          1. Invitation for students to go to the board meeting in Washington in January

          2. Biddy has been in constant contact with Cullen Murphy

    14. Don Faulstick – Athletic Director

      1. Emphasis on building community through athletics

        1. Collaboration with SAAC, AAS

        2. IM sports

        3. Partnership with MRC for “Chipotle Chats” (yum)

        4. Student Athlete Diversity Council

    15. Ursula Olender – Director of the Career Center

      1. About half of the student body uses the career center in a given year

        1. No significant differences noticed for use among students of color

        2. Career center doesn’t reflect the diversity of the student body

          1. Working on addressing this

            1. Hiring of Peer Career Advisors and Interns

    16. Elizabeth Anema,  Amanda Lopez and Emily Griffen – Alumni and Parent Programs & Pathways

    17. General Q&A

      1. Maeve, Kali, Cami, Brianna, Jamie, Alejandro, Asa (2) ||

        1. Increasing diversity, awareness among the athletic community, coaches

          1. Billy McBride meets with every team and coach, focusing on issues of diversity

          2. Student Athlete diversity committee

        2. Student athlete advisory council. How are coaches working with, recruiting students of color?

        3. Why did the Amherst Athletic Department not publicize the phasing out of the Lord Jeff

          1. Not sure. It’s publicized now.

  4. Closing Remarks: Tomi Williams ‘16 — President, Association of Amherst Students

Agenda - November 16, 2015

I. Attendance

II. Public Comment

III. BC Recommendations

IV. Reports

  1. Committee Reports
  2. General Announcements
  3. Officer Reports

V. New Business

VI. Approve the Minutes

VII. Forum

  1. Mascot Poll Language

VIII. Adjournment

Agenda - November 9, 2015

I. Attendance

II. Public Comment

III. BC Recommendations

IV. Dining Committee Election

V. Reports

  1. Committee Reports
  2. General Announcements
  3. Officer Reports

VI. New Business

VII. Adjournment

Agenda - November 2, 2015

I. Attendance

II. Public Comment

III. BC Recommendations

IV. Mascot Forum Recap

V. College Safety Apps Discussion – Sam

VI. Registration Proposal – Sam & Chico

VII. Reports

  1. Committee Reports
  2. General Announcements
  3. Officer Reports

VIII. New Business

IX. Adjournment

X. Mascot Forum

Agenda - October 26, 2015

I. Attendance

II. Public Comment

III. BC Recommendations

IV. Loneliness Survey

V. Reports

  1. Committee Reports
  2. General Announcements
  3. Officer Reports

VI. Approve the Minutes

VII. New Business

VIII. Adjournment

IX. Mascot Forum

Agenda - October 19, 2015

I. Attendance

II. Public Comment

III. Robert’s Rules & Senate Procedure Overview

IV. Committee Elections

  1. BC (2 First-Years)
  2. TBD

V. BC Recommendations

VI. Reports

  1. Committee Reports
  2. General Announcements
  3. Officer Reports

         i.  Paul – Shuttles

VII. Approve the Minutes

  1. New Business

IX. Adjournment

Agenda - October 5, 2015

I. Attendance

II. Public Comment

III. BC Recommendations

IV. Model UN BC Appeal – Servet

V. Committee Elections

  1. Title IX Committee (1)
  2. College Council (1)

VI. Mascot Letter – Sam

VII. Reports

  1. Committee Reports
  2. General Announcements
  3. Officer Reports
  4. Approve the Minutes

IX. New Business

X. Adjournment