Rice Forms Presidents Council on Minority Affairs

first_imgAddThis Share Contact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 527-4807 Rice Forms President’s Council on Minority Affairs Rice president Malcolm Gillis announced todaythe formation of the President’s Council on Minority Affairs. This council has been established to enable the university to respond in a more effective and timely fashion to educational and other issues that affect underrepresented minorities in the Rice community. The council, chaired by the president and made up of 14 representatives from the university’s faculty, staff and student body, will focus on improving the climate for and opportunitiesavailable to underrepresented minorities on campus.”This council should stay abreast of all campus efforts affecting minorities, including recruitment and retention of faculty, students and staff,” Gillis said. “And it should be attentive to capitalizing upon governmental and business initiatives directed toward the enhancement of opportunities for minorities that might benefit the Rice community.” The person who fills the newly created post of associate provostfor institutional diversity will also be a member of the council.”After consulting with a wide variety of faculty, staff and students during the past four months, I have concluded that there is a need for a university-wide council on minority matters,” Gillis said. The council will meet at least once a month during the academic year. Members of the Rice community who have accepted positions on the council are (in alphabetical order): Cathi Clack, director of Multicultural Affairs; Marjorie Corcoran, professor of physics; Edward Cox, professor of history; Paula Cox, codirector of the university’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office; Chandler Davidson, professor of sociology; Colleen Lamos, assistant professor of English; Maria T. Leal, professor of Hispanic and classical studies; and Andrew Meade Jr., assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science. In addition to these council members, two other invitations to join the panel will be issued to faculty members and to two undergraduate students and one graduate student. ###last_img read more