Whereas, The Nominations Committee has the opportunity and responsibility to encourage more participation in Academic Senate for California Community Colleges affairs by minority and underrepresented groups of California community college faculty members in its charge:
"The Nominations Committee helps the president expand the pool of faculty volunteers for Academic Senate committees and other related statewide service. This Committee seeks to develop an ongoing pool of qualified community college faculty applicants that represents diversity to include racial/ethnic background, sex, geographical area, college/district, and discipline";
Whereas, The work of the Nominations Committee can contribute to the success of the Academic Senate when it carries out its charge and should be significant in increasing the presence of a wider diversity of faculty in state and local senate governing bodies;
Whereas, Valuing diverse voices is essential to the mission of the Academic Senate as expressed in its Diversity Policy:
"The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recognizes the benefits to students, faculty, and the community college system that are gained by a variety of personal experiences, values, and views that derive from individuals from diverse backgrounds. This diversity includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/sex, sexual orientation, disability status, religious and political affiliations, age, cultural background, socioeconomic status, academic and vocational disciplines, and the types of colleges that exist throughout the system. The Executive Committee respects and is committed to promoting equal opportunity and inclusion of diverse voices and opinions. The Executive Committee should provide leadership in best practices for encouraging diverse faculty to participate in ASCCC activities and support local senates in recruiting and encouraging diverse faculty to serve on ASCCC standing committees"; and
Whereas, The current composition of the Nominations Committee includes the Academic Senate Vice President, Chair of the Relations with Local Senates Committee, and one representative from each Area, and adding former members of the Equity and Diversity Action Committee would bring experience working with the Academic Senate as well as working with issues of diversity;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges amend the membership structure of the Nominations Committee to include two additional members selected from former members of the Equity and Diversity Action Committee, and re-activate the Nominations Committee.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates
The committee membership was amended to include two additional members selected from former members of the Equity and Diversity Action Committee, and re-activate the Nominations Committee.