Leadership Board Meeting Minutes

February 7th, 2012

  • Location: Sayles-Hill 252
  • Time: 1:30 pm
  • Secretary: Laura Michel '12

Co-Chair Updates

Nancy Cho reported that she had investigated the ultimate fate of Classroom Rights and Responsibilities document that had been developed by a previous iteration of the Learning Environment Inside the Classroom Task Force. Andrea Nixon asked if this Classroom Rights and Responsibilities was the same as the Classroom Climate Guidelines available on the A&I website. Kelly Connole, who was a member of the Inside the Classroom Task force when the original document was drafted, noted that even if the guidelines had somehow made it to the A&I website, it is not particularly visible to a broader population of the Carleton community.

Task Force Updates

Kaaren Williamsen, co-chair of the Sexual Misconduct Committee, reported that the group’s most recent meeting had been largely discussion-based, with a focus on classroom issues. Kelly Connole added that they are planning to gather a small group of faculty that deal with triggering issues in the classroom and discuss best-practices.

Cindy Blaha, chair of the Learning Environment Inside the Classroom Task Force report that the LTC session discussed at the previous meetings of the Leadership Board had been approved. The session would be primarily small-group discussion, with a larger debrief at the end.

Carolyn Fure-Slocum, chair of the Learning Environment Outside the Classroom Task Force began her report by informing the group that she and the disabilities sub-group met with Andy Christiansen about accessibility concerns and general climate issues for students with disabilities. Jane Poskanzer had also given a talk recently about Autism in the Classroom, which may be a good topic for CEDI to consider for a LTC session next fall.

Carolyn Fure-Slocum also reported that there had been what appears to be anti-Semitic graffiti in town. It is still not clear what happened, but the graffiti was found in between Blue Mondays and the Northfield Beit Midrash (House of Learning), a route frequented by Alan Rubenstein, who runs the facility. In addition to the police and appropriate Northfield groups being made aware of the incident, the religion departments at both St. Olaf and Carleton have responded in the Northfield News to the incident. The exact nature of the follow-up is still being determined, but there are early stages of planning about a panel or forum on anti-Semitism either in the spring or fall.

Justin Jack ’12 reported that the climate issue recently discussed in the CSA has been about paying the leaders in Senate --- the President, Vice-President, and Treasurer, as some feel the financial need to have a work-study job deters people from running for office. The three proposals on the table are: 1) no pay, 2) pay, 3) only paying based upon need –those already in the work-study program before being elected.