Date: February 27, 2014
Activity: Presenting and Defending a (potentially contentious) Bylaw Amendment
Our college committees have been undergoing a governance review for the past year (updating bylaws, clarifying roles and charges, etc.). Last year, some debate was sparked when the bylaws of the Cultural Diversity Committee (CDC) came under review. Long story short, there was some heated discussion suggesting that the Multicultural Council ((MCC) which I’m chairing this year) be brought under the oversight of the Cultural Diversity Committee. This was not well received by the members of MCC since the group is 1) completely voluntary, and 2) not an “official” committee within the governance structure. I’ve been meeting with the chairs of the CDC Committee and other stakeholders to help address this issue and to also inform the college of MCC’s role. We decided to include a joint statement in the bylaws of both groups addressing this special relationship.
Today, we presented the revised Bylaws to the entire faculty community for discussion and a vote. After several questions, a visual aid highlighting clarifying points and a few kudos for our work on the issue it was passed with very little fanfare! It was a huge weight off my shoulder as this group can get pretty contentious.
I get butterflies in my stomach whenever I address a large group so I wore my “ass-kicker” boots (as my colleague likes to call them) for a small boost of confidence and they seem to have worked!