Multi-Colored Boulders

 Posted by on 16 September 2002 at 3:01 pm  Uncategorized
Sep 162002
 

As an undergrad at WashU, I was dismayed by the fact that almost all of the student organizations were either religious or ethnic. But at least there wasn’t much multiculturalism at the university per se. No so at Boulder, as this recent campus-wide e-mail indicates.

Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 02:23:01 -0600 (MDT)
From: CU – General E-Memo
Subject: CACMA Letter of Invitation

TO: UCB Students

FROM: Office of Diversity and Equity

SENDER: mable.stewart@colorado.edu

DATE: September 12, 2002

SUBJECT: CACMA Letter of Invitation

LETTER OF INVITATION

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs (CACMA) is seeking to fill four open committee member positions.

BACKGROUND ON CACMA

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs (CACMA) was appointed in 1987 as an advisory body to the Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder in matters relating to the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students of color.

MISSION STATEMENT

CACMA is dedicated to enhancing the University’s climate for diversity, multiculturalism and social justice. The Committee assesses the campus environment and advises the Chancellor. It is also a resource for all university departments and individuals seeking to improve CU-Boulder’s climate for diversity.

To carry out this charge, CACMA seeks to:

- Influence policy that affects people of color.
- Enhance awareness of issues that affect people of color. This includes organizing and implementing an annual campus-wide summit on diversity.
- Advocate for interventions that improve the campus climate for people of color.
- Promote and work toward social justice for people of color on campus.
- Recognize efforts to promote diversity, multiculturalism and social justice within the campus community.

EXPECTATIONS

Interested candidates must:
a. Make a quality commitment to CACMA with a minimum of two-year service.
b. Attend CACMA monthly committee meetings currently held on the second Friday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
c. Actively participate in the Campus annual Diversity Summit planning and implementation.
d. Actively participate on an on-going basis on a subcommittee as needed.

QUESTIONS for CONSIDERATION:

- How familiar are you with CACMA?
- Why are you interested in becoming a CACMA committee member?
- How do you see CACMA making an impact within the community?
- What other committees have you participated on?
- What issues of concern regarding ethnic minority faculty, students, and staff would you like to see addressed?
- What do you feel will be your contribution?
- What is your race/ethnicity? (optional)

Please write a few short paragraphs taking into account the MISSION, EXPECTATIONS, and the QUESTIONS for CONSIDERATION. Selection will be based upon the best fit in keeping with CACMA’s mission and by-laws for a diverse membership.

Email to mable.stewart@colorado.edu or send to the Office of Diversity and Equity at 018 UCB by October 20th.

Did you catch that loaded Mission Statement? It starts “CACMA is dedicated to enhancing the University’s climate for diversity, multiculturalism and social justice.” Wow.

What do you think the chances are of someone like me getting such a job? How would they react to an application from a person who thinks that calls for diversity of skin color are demeaning and racist, that multiculturalism is a fraud, and that social justice is an incoherent, destructive idea? Not well, I suppose.

If I wasn’t on campus just two days per week, I’d actually send in an application. (I wouldn’t want to risk being selected but unable to accept.) Oh, what fun that would be!

   
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