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Shared Governance

Diversity and Community Relations Council

Co-chairs: Lucia Nunez and Nicole Soulier

Diversity and Community Relations Council email

For membership, meeting schedule, approved policies, agendas, handouts and meeting notes visit the Diversity and Community Relations Council page on Sharepoint.

Past reports:

Feb. 3, 2017

The Diversity and Community Relations Council continues to work on their three main priorities in subgroups. The groups then report progress to the whole council for feedback. The priorities are:

  • Ensuring academic excellence for all students
  • Madison College climate and culture
  • Hiring diverse faculty, staff and administrators

 The Council has added three student voices and another part-time faculty member.

Jan. 20, 2017

The Diversity and Community Relations Council met on Jan. 20. Subcommittees have been created to aid the development of their top three priorities.

The Council’s top three priorities are:

  •      Ensuring academic excellence for all students
  •      Madison College climate and culture
  •      Hiring diverse faculty, staff and administrators

The subcommittee tackling College climate and culture will also explore how to bring the Statement of Diversity to life.


Dec. 2, 2016

The Diversity and Community Relations Council met on Dec. 2 and performed a voting exercise to help narrow down their three top priorities. Members also reviewed methods for bringing the Diversity Statement to life to keep it relevant throughout the College.

Nov. 18, 2016

The Diversity and Community Relations Council met on Nov. 18. They continued to work on narrowing their priority list. The Council also began strategizing how to activate their priorities.

Nov. 4, 2016

President Daniels visited the Council during their Nov. 4 meeting and encouraged the team to focus on one to two priorities for the year to increase overall effectiveness.

The Council then worked on narrowing their priority list and strategizing how to activate those priorities.

Oct. 21, 2016

The Council met on Oct. 21 and discussed ground rules. They agreed upon meeting times and durations. They also discussed priorities which will be delved into at their next meeting.

Oct. 7, 2016

When the Council met on Oct. 7, they were given a presentation by Zong Her from Institutional Research and Effectiveness regarding the College’s Equity Scorecard. The Council also shared feedback on the Equity and Inclusion Plan being that is going to be presented to the Board of Trustees.  

Sept. 23, 2016

The Council met on Sep. 23. Interim Interest-based Problem Solving Director Jeremy Kautza gave a presentation, an “Introduction to Shared Governance.” Council members interacted and gained a better perspective of how they can help embed the ideals of shared governance into the Madison College culture.

Aug. 26, 2016

At the Council’s Aug. 26 meeting, they reviewed Policy Framework and Prioritizing Council Interests/Issues. They also discussed how they contribute to the Equity and Inclusion Plan.

July 22, 2016

Lucia Nunez shared a Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Pathway presentation. The group also elected Nicole Soulier to be the new co-chair and worked on their priority interest list for 2016-17.

June 24, 2016

The Diversity and Community Relations Council met on June 24. They welcomed new members. The Council then heard updates on the Student and Faculty Retention issue following loop-outs to other counsils and Human Resources. They also discussed a new Civil Rights/Transgender Impact Team and a call for members to join it.

May 20, 2016

The Diversity and Community Relations Council met on May 20. They discussed how diversity will be reflected in new performance appraisals with a guest from Human Resources. The Davis Group has asked Council members questions as they gather information for their report.

May 6, 2016

The Diversity and Community Relations Council met on May 6. The Student Retention subgroup is looping out to the Academic Council and Student Affairs Council for their input.

A Human Resources representative and the Davis Consulting Group will attend the Council’s next meeting. 

April 22, 2016

When the Council last met on April 22, they decided to forward the revised Diversity Statement and the new Student Retention Issue Statements to the College Assembly. Both were thumbed by the Assembly on April 27.

They continue to gather information on the Faculty Retention Issue Statement. 

April 8, 2016

They met again on April 8. The Student Retention Subcommittee drafted an issue statement, which will be presented at the next full Council meeting on April 22. 

April 1, 2016

The Council met on April 1 to revise the Diversity Statement and to welcome a new student representative. 

March 18, 2016

The Council recently had a working meeting to discuss best practices for drafting issue statements. 

March 4, 2016

The Council met on March 4. They continue to collect data on Student Retention and Employee Retention Issue Statements.

The Council is also considering how to immediately address conflict resolution.

Feb. 19, 2016

The Council convened on Feb. 19. At that time, they revisited their Statement of Diversity with continued discussion on the intent of the issue statement.

They also further refined the Employee Retention Issue Statement.  

Feb. 5, 2016

The Diversity and Community Relations Council met on Feb. 5. The Student Retention Subcommittee is conducting research for an issue statement. The Council also reworked the Employee Retention Issue Statement. 

Jan. 22, 2016

The Diversity and Community Relations Council met on Jan. 22. The Council thumbed the Statement of Diversity issue statement and recommended presentation of it to the College Assembly.

An issue statement regarding new faculty retention will also be brought to the Assembly for approval in the near future.

Dec. 16, 2015

The Council met on Dec. 16 to finalize their diversity statement. They also defined interests for the public safety position and outlined a shared governance policy recommendation process.

Dec. 4, 2015

The Council met on Dec. 4 to discuss progress related to their work. They also reviewed their priorities for 2015-16 and distribution of work among Council members.

Nov. 6, 2015

The Council met Nov. 6 and reviewed a one-page Statement of Diversity draft.

The team thumbed a change to an item on the Process Improvement Work Team’s Council repopulation recommendations.

Oct. 28, 2015

The Assembly thumbed the council’s Definition of Diversity at the Oct. 14 Assembly meeting.

The council met on Oct. 28 where the statement of diversity subgroup reported they’ve fleshed out aspects of diversity such as definition, importance and inclusion.  

The council took another look at the order of their priorities for the academic year. They also began examining the criteria for top priorities.

September 30, 2015

At the council’s September 30 meeting, the group discussed their interests for the VP of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement candidate.

They welcomed new members Carolina Bailey and Marty Richards, both full-time instructors.

They thumbed additional objective criteria and standards for the Diverse Student Services Issue Statement, which was presented to the Assembly on Sept. 23. Their definition of diversity was thumbed.

Also thumbed were theme and issue questions accompanying the 2015-16 priorities they chose.

September 16, 2015

September 16 was when the council last met. They reviewed and added to the IBPS Accelerated Issue Statement they’ve been preparing to present to the College Assembly.

The team thumbed a plan to present their definition of diversity to the Assembly. They also thumbed two council sub-groups. One group will synthesize data information for the presentation and a second will write a statement of commitment.

 The co-chairs will invite Assembly and college community members to join their efforts.

July 31, 2015

The council forwarded an interest to the Process Improvement Work Team regarding representation of individuals from diverse backgrounds serving on shared governance bodies.

The Data and Policy subcommittees reported their research, which will inform the development of future policy recommendations.

June 19, 2015

The council has identified two teams from its membership that will conduct research on data and policies related to developing a positive college environment that honors our commitment to diversity and equity district-wide. These teams will report their findings at the next council meeting.

May 8, 2015

The council is working on diverse district-wide student services and looking at five different areas from which recommendations would be come.

April 20, 2015

An issue statement regarding district-wide diverse student support has been framed as follows: “What is needed in order to develop a college environment that honors our commitment to diversity and equity by serving the needs of Madison college students throughout the district?”

The group has begun working on concepts and issues that may offer solutions.

March 13, 2015

On March 13, Dr. Daniels spoke with the council regarding his vision of diversity, which focused on themes of inclusion, equity and community development. The council began work on the definition it will use in addressing the issue of diverse district-wide student support.

The council received an overview of an intercultural center that will be part of Truax facility renovations to student life operations in the next two years.

Feb. 23, 2015

The council has established meeting ground rules and is working to increase diversity at both the college-wide and council levels.

A facilitator joined the council at the Feb. 23 meeting to help the team work through the issue of district-wide diverse student support based on a charge created at its Feb. 13 meeting. They discussed what that support means to them to begin defining an issue statement.

February discussion topics included the creation of a separate task force to handle membership of the councils along with a diversity and inclusion plan.

Feb. 13, 2015

No update.

Jan. 26, 2015

The team last met Jan. 26, 2015. The council completed prioritizing issues submitted by the college community and created a draft charge for the council.

The council agreed to take up the issue of membership within councils to address diversity interests.

In addition, the council agreed to work on the issue of district-wide diverse student support

Published March 1, 2017. Updated March 9, 2017.