SR 16-02: Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Civil Discourse within our Diverse Campus Community

CSU Channel Islands

Academic Senate Resolution

Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Civil Discourse within our Diverse Campus Community

Resolution #: SR 16-02

 Approval Date: November 15, 2016

Purpose:

A resolution on faculty commitment to equity, inclusion, and civil discourse within our diverse campus community.

Resolution:

Whereas, the results of the 2016 national elections have left many with strong emotions, and

Whereas, reports of incivility and aggression have been reported nationally, regionally, and on the CSU Channel Islands campus, and

Whereas, CSU Channel Islands is committed to the values of social justice and equity, and

Whereas, in the words of President Beck to the campus community on November 9, 2016, “At CI, we embrace the fundamental values of equity and inclusion and commit to diversity as a source of renewal, vitality and strength. Our work is critical to the future of our country as we continue to serve a diverse, multicultural student body.” And

Whereas, in the words of Chancellor White and CSSA President Lopez on November 9, 2016, “The California State University embraces its diversity and the way in which our students, faculty and staff achieve excellence through inclusion. We are unequivocally committed to supporting all members of our community.” And

Whereas, the mission of CSU Channel Islands holds multiculturalism and internationalism as two of its four mission pillars, and

Whereas, a fundamental role of the faculty is to facilitate learning, and

Whereas, learning is best facilitated through the creating of an environment in which faculty, students, and guests engage in informed discourse and express a diversity of opinions freely and in a civil manner while respecting all individuals, particularly their sense of safety; therefore, be it

Resolved, that the faculty of CSU Channel Islands reaffirm their embrace of equity and inclusion; their commitment to diversity as a source of renewal, vitality, strength, and enhanced collective intellectual capacity; their commitment to facilitating learning in the classroom, on campus, and in the community; and their roles in securing a safe learning environment for all our students.

Faculty statement regarding equity, inclusion, diversity, and civility

This post contains the text of the email with the same title, sent to CI faculty the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

 Given the reports of classroom disruptions and campus incivility at CI in the aftermath of the national election, and given that the learning environment is the purview of the faculty, the Senate Executive Board has authored the statement below. We encourage all faculty to both speak up and to model for our students the expected standards of behavior needed to create a learning environment for all our students. Feel free to adapt as desired.

Yours in education,

The Executive Committee of the CI Academic Senate

 Statement for optional use by faculty on Blackboard, in class, etc.

 In light of recent incidents of harassment and aggression reported at CI and beyond[1], we reaffirm our commitment to creating a learning environment in which students engage in informed discourse and express a diversity of opinions freely and in a civil manner while respecting all individuals, particularly their sense of safety. We also endorse President Beck’s admonition to the campus community on November 9, 2016: “At CI, we embrace the fundamental values of equity and inclusion and commit to diversity as a source of renewal, vitality and strength. Our work is critical to the future of our country as we continue to serve a diverse, multicultural, [and international] student body.”

 Everyone on the CI campus must adhere to the standards of our community; faculty are stewards of these standards in the classroom. Anyone failing to adhere to these standards in the classroom may be asked to leave. Students, faculty, or staff experiencing behavior on campus that fails to adhere to community standards should report it to the CARE Team and/or the Title IX and Inclusion Office, or the University Police (Public Safety).

 [1] E.g., Washington Post; LA Times; New York Times

Academic Senate Newsletter AY16-17 #4 (for Nov. 15, 2016)

Updates, 11/14/16

Amid reports of classroom disruptions and campus incivility at CI following the recent national election, and recognizing an impaired sense of safety felt by our students and community members, the Executive Board of the Academic Senate has taken two actions since this newsletter was first posted.

  1. We drafted and distributed a statement that faculty may choose to use to address their students, either in person, electronically, or via some other means. The goal is to support faculty in affirming our campus’ values and proactively laying out expected behaviors necessary for a positive learning environment in the classroom and on campus.
  2. We authored a resolution titled “Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Civil Discourse within our Diverse Campus Community” that will be introduced at Senate on Tuesday.

I am more proud than ever to be part of the CSU, an institution that “embraces diversity” and in which “students, faculty and staff achieve excellence through inclusion” — recognizing this as “a core strength and part of our DNA.” Joint Statement of the CSU and the CSSA

 

Original Newsletter (published 11/10/16)

Like many of you, since Tuesday I’ve spent hours in conversation with students, friends, and colleagues, reading, and thinking about the election results and the future. Meanwhile, reports of classroom actions that damage our students’ ability to learn are reaching my ears. The Senate Executive Board met Tuesday; the Senate agenda for Nov. 15 was determined by 4:30 p.m. — this is the agenda posted and for which you have an overview below. However, it may be amended on the floor Tuesday to include one or more resolutions. I encourage you, more than ever, to attend and to engage together to accomplish one of the goals I proposed for us at Convocation: Model and promote a culture of informed critical and civil debate, reasoning, and decision-making.

Agenda Overview

Four things to read and ponder (and discuss with others as desired) to be fully informed and ready for our meeting (find all here):

  1. A proposed Add Policy — text clarified and revised to cover academic terms of varying lengths. Expect a vote on this.
  2. A proposed Policy on Course Numbering — short and sweet!
  3. A proposed Tenure Density Resolution — it asks that at least half of any 2025 Graduation Initiative funds coming to campus be used to hire tenure-track faculty.
  4. A statement from the ASCSU supporting the CSU Board of Trustees’ budget request to the CA Legislature (provided as background for the proposed Tenure Density Resolution)

Community Time at 2 pm: not only caffeine and sugar, but a chance to relax with colleagues, talk over some innovative ideas with like-minded people, or…

 

Next Senate Chair Coffee/ Office Hour

Fourth iteration: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 3 – 4 pm, SUB courtyard. Join me for coffee (or EABs) every third Tuesday as your time permits. Shifting times and locations are posted in each newsletter. Ideally: you talk and I listen.

Newsletter #4: last word

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President Barack Obama

“That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other.”

Nov. 9, 2016