"Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Minority Issues" - May 18, 1983, Faculty Notes


"Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Minority Issues" - May 18, 1983, Faculty Notes


In April of 1983, a report was released by the Ad Hoc Committee on Minority Issues (and reproduced in the faculty minutes from May 18th, 1983. President Gilman appointed the committee in 1982 amid growing concerns over diversity. The Committee was chaired by Dean James England; Co-Vice Chairs were Arthé Anthony, Department of American Studies, and James Montoya, Director of Admissions. The report was meant to identify key issues and administrative solutions suggested to Occidental. The report is key in signifying a shift in the discourse on diversity. The committee was a profound, institutionally backed push to illuminate issues of diversity and equity on campus. In certain ways, the ad hoc committee and report represents one of the many diversity committees formed at Occidental through the years. Ultimately, the report received marginal success in policy changes, and falls into the constant cycles of administrative conversations on diversity on campus. The report illustrates the push and pull of the era, as well as the schism between administration and faculty/student priorities.




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In line with the 80s as a time of preparation, the Ad Hoc committee was a clear effort to mobilize faculty and discern the key issues of diversity on campus. However, despite the actions proposed by the committee, it would appear not all were well received or implemented. This trend of diversity committees being formed, but eliciting marginal change still occurs today.

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