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Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

May 16, 2017 - 3:30 p.m.

Student Union, Ballroom B (Building 58 West) 




Item 1 Call to Order and Welcome to New Members 

Chair Serwatka will call the meeting to order and welcome new members.

Item 2 Approval of Minutes (March 15, 2017) 

The Commission will review and approve the minutes from the last meeting held on March 15, 2017.

Item 3 2017 Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Award

Chair Serwatka will announce the winner of the 2017 Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Award, acknowledge those who submitted applications, and thank the selection committee. 

Item 4 Minority Faculty Recruitment

Chair Dawkins will update the committee on minority faculty recruitment. 

Item 5 Update on Difference Appreciation Initiative

Alison Cruess will update the committee on progress being made on the Difference Appreciation Initiative. 

Item 6 Presidential Search Update

Chair Serwatka will acknowledge President Delaney’s commitment to diversity and suggest actions CODI membership might take to encourage the Presidential Search Committee to consider a similar commitment with the next president.

Item 7 Update on the 2017 HEED Award Application

Chair Dawkins will update the committee on the progress of the 2017 HEED Award application and ask for prompt support from anyone who receives a request for information. The deadline to submit an application for the award is June 15, 2017. 

Item 8 Professional Development Forum

Chair Dawkins, Chair Serwatka and Alison Cruess will discuss the 2017 Professional Development Form and announce that this year’s theme is diversity.

Item 9 Update on the 2016 Faculty Research Award - Public Talks - June 21, 2:00 p.m., Student Union Auditorium 

Keith Cartwright, Ph.D.
Professor, English
Cornbread, Quimbombo y Barbacoa: Mexico and the Gulf Shores of Our Souths

Kilek Kayaalp, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Foundations and Secondary Education
The young and the stateless: Middle Eastern refugee youth in the United States 

Item 10 CODI Membership

Alison Cruess will discuss how the committee can identify those who are in CODI’s membership. Membership list is included on the CODI website at

Item 11 CODI’ Next Meeting Date – July

  1. July 13 – 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  2. July 18 – 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Item 12 Announcements from the Commission

Commission members will announce upcoming activities from their areas or the community. 

Item 13 Adjournment

Chair Dawkins will adjourn the meeting.