March 5, 2019

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that he attended the CELDAC meeting last week, which is part of the Cultures and Communities Initiative. The meeting entailed discussion of the committee charge, and schedule of future meetings. He also attended the panel arranged by the Milwaukee Press Club last week. He will attend the Faculty Reps meeting this Friday.

Provost Johannes Britz reported that a UWM professor has been charged with several counts of sexual assault of two UWM students, and was reported in several news outlets over the past several days. UWM policies and procedures for addressing faculty misconduct are being followed. The UC discussed what support can be provided to departments when faced with a difficult situation between a faculty member and students; the Dean of Students’ Office was suggested as a resource for departments faced with these issues.

There is a meeting of the UW System Provosts tomorrow, at which the Freshwater University proposal and cross-system recruitment of students will be discussed. The Board of Regents will be meeting Thursday and Friday at UW-Madison. Provost Britz will be a panelist on the Student Success Collaborative panel (1 hour), to be held during the BOR meeting.

UC member John Reisel reported that the agenda for the next Senate meeting is not yet full. There was also a Policy Advisory Committee meeting the week prior, at which members of the Development office met with the members of the committee to discuss taking a number of their SAAPs and combining them into a more streamlined set of documents. The Policy Advisory Committee also discussed the campus budget at this meeting.

UC member Dev Misra reported that the Nomination Committee met last week and is developing a slate of nominees for the upcoming election for university committees, for the 2019-20 academic year.

UC member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that AAFEC met last week and is developing a series of resources to be made available to faculty search committees to enhance diversity in faculty recruitment.

Vice Chancellor of Global Inclusion and Engagement Joan Prince attended to discuss enhancing recruitment efforts for faculty of color.