Tuesday, May 9, 
3:30 p.m. Columbia Room 

1.0 Call to Order 

2.0 Call of the Roll: 
There were three substitutions: Maureen Dolan for Chehallis Strapp, Kevin Helppie for Judy Bullington, and Mark Perlman for Dean Bethea. The following senators were absent: Stephanie Tunison, Laura Riolli-Saltzman, Bryan Dutton (who was scheduled to substitute for Irja Galvan), Tina Fuchs, Meredith Brodsky, and Brian Bonnlander. 

3.0. Corrections to and approval of the minutes from the previous senate meeting/Agenda Adjustments. Minutes approved. There were no agenda adjustments. 

4.0. Reports of the Presidents 

4.1 Senate President Joel welcomed new senators and reminded them to be present for the vote regarding Executive Committee members, two positions of which are "non-officer." Joel also thanked faculty input for the OUS Scholars Network and said there were close to thirty Western faculty participants. He solicited additional input for non-Western- affiliated IRB panel members. He is still collecting on-line routing form comments. 

4.2 President of Western Oregon University President Youngblood said there was no report. 

4.3 Student Body President Obie Garza summarized Diversity Month activities - including the new Diversity Achievement Awards which went to Kim Jensen and Leo Rasca-Hidalgo. He also mentioned the recent student Leadership Awards and his hope that the Chican@ studies minor would be resolved. He announced the new student president's platform includes continuing diversity issues, developing a women's center, and improving the weight-training facilities. 

5.0 Consideration of Old Business 

5.1 Chican@ studies minor. Please consider handouts provided by the Division of Social Sciences regarding their position on the minor. Also, a secondary handout that summarizes all courses for the minor was provided at the meeting. The minor includes a 12-credit core of classes with "Chican@" in the title plus a more broad choice of electives (students would choose 12 credits from electives). I will attempt to briefly summarize major points of discussion as this portion of the meeting lasted approximately 90 minutes. At some point during this period, one meeting extension was approved. Prior to this meeting, the multi-disciplinary "Chican@ studies" minor was unanimously passed by Education and Humanities. Social Science, however, wanted to broaden the minor name to "Chican@/Latin@ studies" in order to reflect their comparative and more broad philosophy of evaluating and discussing groups of people. It was further argued that breadth was more suited to (a) the campus ideals; (b) the general issue of diversity; and (c) attracting and including more students in the program. Roshani presented a compromise that Social Science, the Curriculum Committee, and the Registrar decided upon at the prior week's Curriculum Committee meeting: to allow a student to "fill in" either "Chican@" or "Chican@/Latin@" at graduation; they could, within the context of the broad elective component of the minor, tailor coursework to either Chican@ or broad Chican@/Latin@ studies. Students involved in the minor had tentatively agreed to this compromise, albeit only last-minute. Initial criticism to this compromise came from visiting students and faculty and eventually included more faculty senate and administration discussion. Statements included that this minor, as originally titled, reflected the minority student population in the region and on campus and thus should remain "Chican@" because of identity and heritage issues. Second, it was felt that the "Chican@" was at the root of every core course within the minor and altering the name on the basis of elective offerings may mislead students pursuing the minor. Third, it was felt that, while the minor core courses were specific, the ideals of breadth, diversity, and cultural context were maintained by the electives - and thus did not violate campus philosophy. Rebuttle arguments came primarily from Social Sciences faculty and involved, again, comparative approaches and what it means to be a "multidisciplinary minor." The role/duty of Faculty Senate in "mandating" this name/program was also questioned. It was also suggested that some faculty may only teach elective courses for the minor if the Chican@/Latin@ designation was used because of concerns that minor students would expect otherwise broad courses to be taught more specifically (either that or they would be less motivated/interested in broad issues). Thus, the issue of academic freedom was broached. Several faculty said this was illogical because the point of the electives was to add breadth. Several faculty also shared experiences with teaching or developing broad elective courses for multidisciplinary minors. A move to approve the original Chican@ title was made. The motion passed by 13 to 5. It was next moved to allow Social Science faculty to reconsider keeping their courses in the minor. This was unanimously passed. Social Science has one week to consider pulling out certain courses from the new Chican@ minor. Student guests thanked the senate for their decision and asked that Social Science please keep their broad courses in the existing minor. 

6.0 New Business. Carl distributed a summary of a proposal that WOU join Workers' Rights Association. This item should be discussed with your division. It will appear as old business at the next senate meeting. 

7.0 Reports of the Interinstitutional Faculty Senators: Bob Turner briefly summarized the recent IFS meeting: key points included the upcoming Sizemore and McIntyre initiatives and the aforementioned Scholars' Network. 

8.0 Reports of the Faculty Senate Sub-Committees No substantial reports were given. 

The meeting was adjourned.