SENATE From the Senate Office
following statement is published in accordance with the
Senate Rules. Among other purposes, the
publication of SEC actions is intended to stimulate discussion
among the constituencies and their representatives. Please
communicate your comments to Senate Chair Lance Donaldson-Evans,
Box 12, College Hall/6303, or Kristine Kelly at (215)
or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Committee Actions
February 18, 2004
Chair's Report. Faculty Senate Chair Lance Donaldson-Evans
reported to the Senate Executive Committee that the investigation
into the Rui DiSilva incident will most likely be completed
within the next month.
Past Chair's Report on Academic Planning and Budget and
Capital Council. Past Chair Mitch Marcus was unable
to attend SEC, and therefore no report was given. It
was suggested and agreed by SEC that if the past chair
is unable to attend future meetings, he or she should
send a written report to the Chair.
Provost Robert Barchi and Dr. Tukufu Zuberi. The
Provost and Dr. Zuberi updated the Executive Committee
on their work with minority student groups on campus.
The Provost outlined and discussed the students' four
areas of concern: 1) Campus Security; 2) Cultural Center
Resources; 3) Undergraduate Recruitment and Retention;
and 4) Educational Programs. The Provost also suggested
to SEC that it meet with the minority student leadership
at a future meeting.
Zuberi shared his views on the academic environment at
Penn and its role in facilitating diversity and racial
sensitivity at the University. Professor Zuberi believes
the racial climate at Penn is a cultural problem, and the
actions of the faculty would go far in transforming the
discussion followed about what steps the Faculty Senate
to help create a better, more diverse environment.
Omar Blaik, Senior VP for Facilities and Real Estate.Vice
President Blaik presented to SEC the plans for Penn's
New Business. Debra Leonard, Chair of the Ad Hoc
Committee on Faculty Development, presented SEC with
a revised Faculty Development Committee Charge. The charge
was approved by SEC and will now be submitted to Almanac for
final approval by the Faculty-At-Large.