Message from President Levin to Yale students
To Yale students:
The Minority Advisory Council was re-established in the winter of 2004 to discuss issues relating to the welfare of minority groups at Yale and to provide advice to me. The Council, comprised of students, faculty and staff, is chaired by Drew Days, Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law.
Some students have asked what MAC has been doing during the past two years, and I would like to take this occasion to provide a report. During the spring term of 2004 and the 2004 – 2005 academic year, MAC met with students, faculty, and administrators, held two undergraduate and one graduate and professional “open forums,” discussed and evaluated information obtained, and identified three issues for further study. Subcommittees were formed to gather materials and develop proposals. Those proposals were reviewed and approved by MAC and submitted to me in an August 2005 report. When I met with the Council in October 2005, I encouraged the group to continue working on its recommendations, which are outlined below.
On the issue of diversity, MAC has proposed changes in the structure of the Yale College Dean’s Office in order to deal more effectively with the quality of life for students of color and to improve the racial climate on campus. Dean Salovey and Professor Days have discussed these recommendations, and Dean Salovey is working to ensure that the Council’s goals can be achieved in a manner consistent with the effective administration of Yale College.
With respect to grievance procedures, MAC has recommended that procedures be made more explicit and easier to understand, as well as more “user-friendly.” The Council is now working with the administration to revise both Internet and print materials.
Lastly, MAC urges stronger mentoring of junior faculty and faculty of color, as well as fundraising that will recognize distinguished graduates through endowed lectureships and similar programs.
Throughout the remainder of the spring term, the Council and its subcommittees will continue to work on these recommendations and to meet with personnel related to these issues. In that connection, at its January meeting, the Council met with the Chief of the Yale University Police, the Deputy Provost for Science, Technology and Faculty Development, and the Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.
I am pleased by the extensive and focused work being done by the Minority Advisory Council. Questions should be directed to Professor Days, who, as Chair of MAC, is the group’s spokesperson.
Richard C. Levin