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March 1, 2011, Volume 57, No. 24

Agenda for University Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
4 p.m.
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

I.           Approval of the Minutes of the February 2, 2011 University Council Meeting. 1 minute

II.          Follow-Up Comments or Questions on Status Reports.  5 minutes

III.         Discussion: Review of Diversity Pipeline Initiatives throughout the University led by Dr. Lynn Hollen Lees, Vice Provost for Faculty. 30 minutes

IV.         Open Forum. 30 minutes (see below)

V.          New Business. 5 minutes

VI.         Adjournment.

Topics Submitted for Open Forum

1. Sustainable Toast Tossing Tradition alternatives

2. Proposal for Penn as a Conflict-Mineral Free Campus

3. Question on how Penn might address federal taxation differences on health insurance benefits for same-sex domestic partners (as compared to spousal coverage)

4. Questions on transparency in reporting admissions data for diversity purposes

5. Questions on the role of University Council committees in policy discussions, and possibilities for most effective communication between committees and administration 

6. Questions on communication of goals and support for improving faculty diversity

7. Options of financial support for those who may wish to participate in Greek life on campus but cannot afford to do so

8. Questions on coverage and costs for transgender health benefits for faculty and staff

Almanac - March 1, 2011, Volume 57, No. 24