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 Tuesday, September 26, 2006 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

 One of my goals is to invest in people, and one way to invest in CU-Boulder faculty and staff is to ensure that you have current and accurate information about your university. With that in mind, I'd like to share the following message from the co-chairs of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs (CACMA).

CACMA - Working to Improve the Campus Climate
By Mark Augustin and Judy Poynter

The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs (CACMA) was formed in 1987 to advise the Boulder campus chancellor on issues important to people of color. As stated in our mission, we are dedicated to enhancing the university's climate for diversity, multiculturalism and social justice. The committee assesses the campus environment and advises the chancellor, and serves as a resource for all university departments and individuals seeking to improve CU-Boulder's climate for diversity.

To carry out this charge, CACMA seeks to enhance awareness of issues that affect people of color. This includes organizing and implementing the annual campus-wide summit on diversity, influencing policy that affects people of color, and supporting, recognizing, and advocating for efforts to promote diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice within the campus community. The committee works closely with and coordinates activities through the Office of Diversity and Equity.

CACMA members represent diverse backgrounds and interests and include students, faculty and staff. We are looking for community representation external to the CU community to join our committee this year.

We held an all day retreat in May to develop goals for the upcoming year. Some of the goals that have been identified include: 1) solidifying and strategically expanding the current membership, 2) developing subcommittees to enhance effectiveness, 3) working more closely with the city of Boulder and 4) gathering input from the campus through focus groups and surveys. We will also focus on working with the other Chancellors' committees—Chancellor's Committee on Women, Committee on Program Accessibility and the Chancellor's Standing Committee on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered—to identify areas of common concern and to provide a voice for all.

The committee feels some momentum as there has been a great deal of follow-up from last year's summit, "Diversity 911," which featured Lee Mun Wah as the keynote speaker. Mun Wah has been back on campus working with Student Affairs and Administration, as well as officers of the university and deans of the schools and colleges, and is scheduled to begin working with Faculty Affairs as well.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Provost Phil DiStefano for his support and leadership as interim chancellor over the last year. We are also very excited to work with Chancellor Peterson.

To find out more about CACMA, or if you have ideas on how to improve the climate on campus, we welcome your thoughts, ideas and opinions. Please visit our web site to contact any member on the committee.


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