Present were: Jonnie Wilson, Angela Ausbrooks, Dr. Sherri Benn, Terence Parker, Michael Corke, Dr. Rod Fluker, Willie Burleson, and James Mathews.
Vision: To promote togetherness, develop
a strong unified body, and gain recognition within
Everyone present stated their name and department. The ones present were:
Jonnie Wilson MSA
Angela Ausbrooks Social Work
Dr. Sherri Benn MSA
Terence Parker CASO
Michael Corke Campus Rec.
Dr. Rod Fluker Dean of Students
Willie Burleson Supervisor-Emergency Maintenance
The one new person at the meeting was Dr. Rod Fluker who has been on campus for approximately two days as the new Assistant Dean of Students. We know that there are others on campus who have been hired recently who are not part of the Coalition, and we wanted to find a way to get everyone involved. It was suggested that we form a hospitality committee to contact new African American employees to make them aware of the coalition. Ms. Angela Ausbrooks has agreed to chair this committee.
We will make efforts to get a copy of our latest newsletter put into the new employee packets at “New Employee Orientation.” However, our ultimate goal is to reach each employee face-to-face and give them an invitation to our activities.
Plans for New Projects
Jonnie Wilson informed us that she and Dr. Joanna Smith were working on plans for the new employee welcome ceremony. The ceremony is planned for sometime in December because everyone is extremely busy right now. An announcement will be sent out later with the details.
Dr. Sherri Benn will arrange a meeting between the coalition
and Dr. Studer concerning current diversity issues at
James Mathews will arrange a meeting between the coalition
and the Hispanic Policy Network (HPN) to determine similar concerns and
issues. This meeting can be very
informative because of the current initiative to make
We will let you know when the dates and times of these meetings become available; please mark your calendars to make sure that we represent at these meetings in big numbers.
It was announced that Dr. Laurie Fluker would be returning
to campus in January. This was very good
news; however, the coalition cannot sit back and allow the type of things that
happened to her continue to happen to others at
What’s Happening In Your Area?
James C. Mathews—James is still working on a pilot academic
virtual mentoring program at
Ms. Jonnie Wilson—Jonnie announced that applications are due
next week for students to attend the Big 12 Black Students Leadership
Conference to be held at
Ms. Wilson is in the process of making plans for MLK day in January and Black History month in February. Anyone wishing to assist can contact Ms. Wilson at the MSA office.
Mr. Willie Burleson—Willie informed us that the Director of Risk Management and Safety was fired. This was a black man that he feels was treated unfairly. Mr. Terence Parker stated that this type of thing must stop because it hurts us with recruiting and retention of African Americans.
Ms. Angela Ausbrooks—Angela informed us that the
Dr. Dexter Freeman is a new member of the faculty at the
Dr. Sherri Benn—Sherri had to leave the meeting early. She did agree to contact Dr. Studer to arrange a meeting with the coalition to discuss the latest issues about diversity. Also, Sherri will chair the Nominating Committee for new officers for 2004. Terence Parker agreed to assist her. She may be contacting you for your assistance in this matter.
Mr. Terence Parker—Terence did not have anything to report.
Mr. Michael Corke—Michael did not have anything to report.
Dr. Rod Fluker—Rod stated that he was glad to be on campus. He also expressed his interest in recreating the new directory of black faculty and staff, and for this directory to include the HPN. This will be a great undertaking, but we all agreed that this would be something helpful to our students, faculty and staff, and the community.
Rod also expressed his appreciation for the concern from the coalition during Dr. Laurie Fluker’s issues with the university. He stated that it is important to continue to let the university know that we are watching their actions in matters like this.
**By the way, Dr. Laurie Fluker is returning to
James mentioned that Dana Smith had put together a portfolio
of struggles when coming to
We have $900.00+ in our treasure. We need to start thinking of ways we can become more visible on campus, and if necessary, we do have some funds to begin our endeavor.
Dr. Sherri Benn will chair the nominating committee for electing officers for the 2004 school year. If you are interested in running for office or would like to nominate someone, please contact her or Mr. Terence Parker.