E&I Annual Report 2009-2010

Annual Report 2009-2010

The Faculty Council Committee for Equity & Inclusion consists of the following faculty:

Christel Antonellis (CELOP)

Stephen Brady, (MED)

Yvette Cozier (SPH),

Aaron Garrett (CAS)

Lynn O’Brien Hallstein (CGS),

Kari Lavalli (CGS),

David Lyons (LAW)

Jo-Anna Rorie (SPH)

Megan Sullivan (CGS),

Peter Szende (SHA), Chair

The committee met formally six times during the academic year (10/30/09, 11/13/09/, 11/20/09, 2/12/10, 2/26/10, 4/30/10) with additional business taking place via email or through subcommittees.

This report to Faculty Council will try to summarize the key accomplishments and activities of the committee over the past academic year (2009-2010). During this time, several suggestions were brought to the attention to the committee. The following issues have been considered:

1. MEETING WITH THE NEW ASSOCIATE PROVOST

Our committee met with Prof. Julie Sandell, the new Associate Provost for Faculty Development on November 13, 2010.

2. COMPLETED BUSINESS

2.1. DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS

The focus of inquiry of the committee was expanded in 2009 to examine the status of same-sex benefits at BU.

After extensive research and deliberation, our committee recommended extending domestic partner benefits to unmarried domestic partners.

On December 1, 2009, we presented a written proposal for a vote. The Faculty Council approved a resolution to give benefits to domestic partners.

We’ve sent a follow-up e-mail to the office of the Executive Vice President on March 31, 2010, and offered our assistance in order to speed up the implementation of this important policy.

2.2. PAID PARENTAL LEAVE POLICY

At the request of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council, the Equity and Inclusion Committee was asked to review and offer feedback on the draft document of Paid Parental Leave Policies for Faculty. We submitted or comments and suggestions on March 1, 2010.

3. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

* We encourage further study of the opportunities available for faculty to assume leadership roles at Boston University. (See our report 2008/2009)

* The Equity and Inclusion Committee has been researching if and how other universities evaluated the performance of those in leadership positions. Further consideration should be given to the Leader Assessment tool we presented. (See our report 2008/2009)

* It has been suggested, that we look at university-wide disability issues within the context of wellness.

* This committee would like to contribute to the University’s efforts in developing and implementing activities and programs designed to increase faculty diversity with particular focus on racial/ethnic differences.

* We believe that we need to strengthen mentoring as a core value among our faculty. Our committee would like to outline recommendations on how to mentor junior faculty members, in particular encourage their participation in university-wide committees and governance.

Respectfully Submitted by,

Peter Szende (SHA)

Chair