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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Shared governance update for 2020-21

Across the long trek of the academic year, the college’s navigation through the pandemic benefited significantly from our shared governance groups. 

These groups include long-standing and vital constitutional governance bodies such as the Assembly; Council of Chairs; Administrators Forum; P&A Board, Student Board; Promotion and Tenure Review Committee; Curriculum, Instruction, and Advising Committee; Course Review Committee; and Executive Committee. Each of these groups made substantial contributions throughout the year. To give but one example, the Assembly, the college’s most widely representative governance body, made significant contributions through identifying and communicating principles and guidelines for collegiate statements on diversity and equity, collaborating with the Center for Education Innovation to identify effective strategies for inclusive teaching in a distance-learning environment, and developing and reaffirming the Assembly’s values and principles for budget reallocation to meet the challenge of pandemic-era budgeting.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

One year after George Floyd's murder

Today marks one year since the murder of George Floyd. On this day, I join other individuals and communities who are thinking of Mr. Floyd’s family and loved ones, who dearly miss their father, brother, and friend. It will be a day when people across the globe pause and reflect. Here in the Twin Cities and on our campus, we take this moment to reflect on the historic movement his murder sparked in Minnesota and around the world. We take this moment to reach out and listen to our Black colleagues, students, and friends who have been deeply affected by Mr. Floyd’s death. We take this moment to acknowledge the particular distress that the painful events of the past year have caused our colleagues and students from BIPOC and other marginalized communities. And we take this moment to reaffirm our commitment to moving forward on the issues of race, justice, dignity, and respect, as a college and as individuals. 

Visit CLA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page for more information about our collective efforts, projects, progress, and initiatives in this area. And as President Gabel shared in her message this morning, the University has compiled a list of support and educational resources that you may find helpful today and throughout the year. 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

CLA's future of work goals

I know many in our CLA community are anxious to understand what the future of work will look like when the University’s work-from-home restriction expires in August. As a college community, we don’t yet have all the answers, but I’d like to summarize the feedback we’re receiving from faculty and staff and share the interests and concerns at the heart of Future of Work discussions underway in the college. This message also indicates how you can contribute to these conversations. 

Thinking through these issues is a work in progress. August 2 will be a start, but only a start. Almost certainly there’ll be a need to revise, assess, and adjust as we move along. That’s okay. I also note that the discussion below focuses largely on the supervisor and staff experience that has been predominantly discussed in the Future of Work group. Nonetheless, units thinking through issues of faculty work may also find this discussion of assistance.