Commission on the Status of Minorities

Description

Recommends policies and changes needed to provide an environment in which the needs of minority students, faculty, staff and administrators can be met and in which their experiences at Kutztown University can be enhanced.  Terms: 2 years.  Appointees: 5 of 17 members

Reports to Administrative Council.

  • Membership

    Arthur Garrison, Chairperson (At-Large)***

    8/2020

    Jacqueline C. Fox, Esq., Secretary (Social Equity Office Representative)**

    *

    James D. Jackson, Treasurer (African American Professional Organization)*

    *

    Lauren Moss, Webmaster (College of Education)**

    8/2021

    Jennifer Jacobson (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Representative)**

    8/2021

    Yuxia Qian (College of Visual & Performing Arts Representative)**

    8/2021

    Holly Tienken (At-Large)***

    8/2020

    Mauricia John (Black Faculty Caucus)*

    *

    Rhonda J. Branford (Multicultural Center Representative)*

    *

    Lindsey Livingston Runell (At-Large)***

    8/2020

    Qian Hao (College of Business Representative)**

    8/2021

    Carol Watson (College of Education)***

    8/2020

    Kurtis Haynesworth (Student Representative from Black Student Organization)

    8/2020

    Jayla Lewis(Student Representative from Black Student Organization)

    8/2020

    Vacant (Enrollment Management & Student Affairs)

     

    Vacant (Graduate Student Representative)

    Vacant (Non-minority Student Government Organization Representative)

    Vacant (Student Representative from any recognized Latino Student Organization)

    Vacant (AFSCME Representative)

     

    Vacant (Latino Caucus Representative)

     

    Vacant (Latino Caucus Representative)

     

    * Indefinite Term of Office

    ** Appointed by Committee on Committees

    *** Appointed by Commission

    Students are invited to participate in the Kutztown University Governance and Advisory Committees. This is a great way to get to know others at the university, become a part of the decision-making process and have your voice heard.  No prior experience necessary, just a genuine interest in being an active part of the community!

    Student Government Board will review online applications on a rolling basis and makes student placements in early September. Questions? Please contact Leah in Student Involvement at casselli@kutztown.edu.   

    Union Committee Representative: To be considered for a committee union position please contact a union representative.

  • Meeting Times

    Monthly on the first Wednesday of the month (as needed) at 11am in the Psychology Conference Room in Old Main.

  • Mission & Bylaws
  • Minutes
  • Distinguished Service Awards

    KU Commission on the Status of Minorities has designed Distinguished Service Awards to honor Kutztown University faculty (2), staff (1), and students (1) who excel in one or more of the following criteria:

    • Promote cultural competence and responsiveness
    • Promote an environment of cultural acceptance and inclusion
    • Demonstrate leadership in addressing and/or supporting multiculturalism and retention on campus


    Nominations will be accepted until March 15. Completed nomination forms should be emailed back to Dr. Arthur Garrison electronically or send to Dr. Garrison in the Criminal Justice Department by campus mail. Any questions regarding to this award should be directed to Dr. Garrison at 610-683-4326. Nominations may come from any faculty or staff member, or student, and may nominate any other faculty or staff member or student.

  • Events

    Past Events:

    The Moynihan Report: 50 Year Later A Social, Political & Historical Forum

    March 18, 2015

    Live Art Experience: Performance Art for Social Change By José Torres-Tama

    September 15, 2009

    José Torres-Tama through a multimedia performed analysis will transform the traditional lecture into a "live art" experience. He discusses performance art practices as creative strategies to initiate dialogue concerning issues of race, gender, gentrification, homelessness, and the AIDS crisis. Torres Tama cites the work of performance artists who have focused a creative eye on the difficult issues affecting our national communities and audiences are encouraged to participate in a discussion of art that dares to cross into political territory as a tool for social change. The event will be held on Monday, September 14, 2009 in the Aluminum Auditorium at 5pm. Reception will follow. 

    THE CONE OF UNCERTAINTY: NEW ORLEANS AFTER KATRINA
    Performance Artist Jose Torrés-Tama

    This one-man show explores the abandonment of a city and its people. The performance is a poetic and visual piece that describes New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. This work is originated out of a personal urgency to offer the perspective of a Latino artist who directly experienced the apocalyptic abandonment of the city and was trapped with others in the wake of Katrina.

    Torres-Tama was a direct witness of the destruction that took place in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In his critically acclaimed performance he recounts his dramatic escape from the flooded city of New Orleans. José fuses personal stories, exaggerated characters and storm film footage throughout his performance. The performance offers a moving work that with humor, visual rituals and politically proactive critique reflects the events in New Orleans.

    The event will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 in the Schaeffer Auditorium at 7pm. 

    Artist to describe escape from flooded New Orleans

    Reading Eagle

    Artist Jose Torres Tama will perform "The Cone of Uncertainty: New Orleans After Katrina" on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium at Kutztown University.

    The performance describes New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Tama witnessed the post-hurricane destruction, and his performance recounts his dramatic escape from the flooded city.

    He fuses personal stories, fictional personas and storm film footage in the performance.

    The event is free and open to the public 

The Moynihan Report: 50 Years Later A Social, Political & Historical Forum (March 18, 2015)

  • Introduction to The Moynihan Report: 50 Years Later

    The Moynihan Report: 50 Years Later A Social, Political & Historical Forum
    March 18, 2015

    THE MOYNIHAN REPORT:
    An Introduction


    In March 1965, The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, otherwise known as the Moynihan Report, was leaked to the press and it ignited a controversy regarding the status of the black family and the impact of that status on American society as a whole. In 1965, Patrick Moynihan, Assistant Secretary of Labor in the Johnson Administration, wrote an internal government policy report to provide support for the unveiling of the declaration of the War on Poverty. Ten years after the beginning of the modern Civil Rights Movement, with the Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and culminating in the landmark passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965, policy attention shifted from ending racial Jim Crow and segregation to a focus on economic disparities and the failure of black families to attain the American Dream.

    In his famous "Freedom is Not Enough" speech at Howard University in July 1965, President Johnson said, "The voting rights bill will [establish the freedom to vote]. . . But freedom is not enough. You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying: 'Now you are free' . . . . You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him . . . and then say, 'you are free to compete with all the others,' and still justly believe that you have been completely fair. . . . To this end, equal opportunity is essential, but not enough, not enough."

    It was this speech, along with Johnson's War on Poverty speech before Congress in January 1964, which began four years of social programs which resulted in Medicare, Medicaid, federal school loans, food stamps, and a host of others between 1964 and 1968. The author of Johnson's 1965 speech was Patrick Moynihan. Being at the cusp of leadership of major policy implementation, Moynihan was sidelined when his report was leaked to the press.

    The report made two conclusions regarding the state of the black family. First, the black family was dysfunctional and was getting worse as far as its stability. Second, the damage to the black family could be addressed through direct social programs, the top being employment for the black male and allowing the black male to be the patriarch of his family with support from the black female, just as it was in white families.

    The damage to the black family, according to Moynihan, was caused by two factors. The first factor was centuries of slavery and Jim Crow and its impact on the structure of the black family. As Moynihan explained, "[t]hree centuries of injustice have brought about deep seated structural distortions in the life of the Negro American" and that the "Negro situation . . . commonly perceived by whites in terms of the visible manifestation of discrimination and poverty" needed to evolve in order to consider "the effect that three centuries of exploitation have had on the fabric of Negro society itself."

    The second factor was the matriarchal nature of the black family in which the black male was neither the bread winner nor the male role model of manhood for young black males. This lack of black male presence in the home leads to failure in school and delinquent behavior of young black male children. Moynihan asserted that because the "negro community has been forced into a maternal structure . . . out of line with the rest of the American society" it has a weak family structure suffering from "a tangle of pathology." At the center of the tangle of pathology is black male unemployment and the failure to hold a responsible position in the home, which resulted in "25% of [b]lack families not [being] intact[,] 24% of [b]lack children born illegitimate [,and] 25% of [b]lack families were single female headed households."

    Conservatives of the 1960s, as they do today, ignore the first factor and hail the second factor a political orthodoxy. The report was only intended for internal government review as an empirical justification for the policies of the War on Poverty. The goal of the report was to justify the need for national action. What Moynihan received for his effort was national condemnation. Blacks, liberal ones anyway, cursed him and his report as blaming the victim and justifying racist ideals. Feminists, both black and white, cursed the report for blaming women for the problem of the family and supporting a patriarchal view of America that was under direct challenge by the Women's Movement of the middle and late 1960s.

    Due to the backlash, the report was abandoned by the Johnson Administration and Moynihan left the Administration. By the 1980s, the report had reemerged as being prescient and evidence that the policies of the 1960s were a failure. As President Reagan in January 1988 asserted, "the Federal Government declared war on poverty, and poverty won." Conservatives in the 1960s argued that social programs do not help the poor, and the problems of blacks are of their own making to be fixed by them. With the end of legal Jim Crow, the responsibility and fault of their family structure belongs to them. The pathology within the black family, it was asserted, was reinforced by social programs that removed the value of work and personal responsibility from the poor. 

    Conservatives today, as they did in the 1960s, ignore the Slavery/Jim Crow historical context Moynihan used to assert that poverty was attached to black family structure. In doing so, conservatives distort the report by asserting that Moynihan was right - the issue of poverty lay in the black family. The Moynihan Report and its receipt cannot be understood in a vacuum. It was leaked one year after the rise of Goldwater and the conservative takeover of the Republican Party. It followed the summer riots of 1964 and preceded the urban riots of 1965-1968. The Civil Rights Movement was beginning to shift away from the philosophy of Dr. King to a more militant approach. Lastly, white fear of black crime and its linkage to the Civil Rights Movement was forming a political backlash against the War on Poverty that would lead to President Nixon and later the war on drugs and crime. The politics of the middle 1960s had distorted the receipt of the report. The politics of the post-1960s have continued that distortion.

    With the goal of fostering a historical and public policy understanding of these issues, the Kutztown University Commission on the Status of Minorities has organized The Moynihan Report: Fifty Years Later: A Social, Political & Historical Forum.

    COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF MINORITIES

    The Commission on the Status of Minorities (CSM) is part of the governance structure of Kutztown University. The CSM reports to the University Administrative Council. The CSM focuses on the monitoring of the recruitment and retention of students, faculty, staff, and administrators of color at Kutztown University. The responsibilities of the CSM include making recommendations regarding new policies, as well as changes to existing Kutztown University policies, programs, and/or procedures to support the creation of a culturally and psychologically "safe" environment in which the cultural, educational, and intellectual needs of students, staff, faculty, and administrators of color can be met and their experience at Kutztown enhanced.

    The 2014-2015 members of the CSM:
    Dr. Arthur H. Garrison (Chair), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Thomas Robinson (Vice-Chair), African American Professional Organization
    Dr. James D. Jackson (Treasurer), Black Faculty Caucus
    Dr. Soo Goh (Web Master), College of Visual & Performing Arts
    Ms. Rhonda Branford, Division of Multicultural Services
    Mr. Hunter Wuensche, Student Government Board
    Dr. Krista Varano, Elementary Education
    Dr. Gary Chao, College of Business
    Dr. Qin Geng, College of Business
    Ms. Jackie Fox, Esq., Office of Social Equity
    Ms. Kiara Richardson, President of the Black Student Union

    Videos Edited by Jeffrey DePalma, KUTV.  The CSM wishes to provide special thanks to KUTV's Newsbreak for filming the event.

  • Links to Panel Discussions

* Indefinite Term of Office
** Appointed by Committee on Committees
*** Appointed by Commission

Students are invited to participate in the Kutztown University Governance and Advisory Committees. This is a great way to get to know others at the university,  become a part of the decision-making process and have your voice heard.  No prior experience necessary, just a genuine interest in being an active part of the community!

Student Government Board will reviews online applications on a rolling basis and makes student placements in early September. Questions? Please contact Leah in Student Involvement at casselli@kutztown.edu.   

Union Committee Representative: To be considered for a committee union position please contact a union representative.

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