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Purpose

Ubuntu

[Affirmative Action and Disability Affairs & Juntura were combined in 2012 to form Ubuntu]

A. CONTEXT: Ubuntu, as explained by Desmond Tutu, is essential to the interconnectedness of being human and living in interdependent communities. Ubuntu is affirming and inclusive of others because we all belong to a larger whole which is diminished when any members are humiliated, disrespected or oppressed.  People with Ubuntu enrich themselves but do so in ways that enable the community and all its members to also improve.   In this spirit the Ubuntu committee is established to advance these ideals.

B.  FUNCTION.

B-1. Ubuntu will promote the values of respect, understanding, and fairness within our diverse university experience;  review university policies and programs affecting under-represented and/or under-served students, staff, and faculty  in consultation with appropriate representatives as necessary across campus; recommend changes and additions in university policies and programs that enhance student/staff/faculty success and advancement. [See also 4340.]

B-2. Ubuntu will monitor and advance the university’s affirmative action and equal opportunity programs [see FSH 3060] being a strong and active voice ensuring that the university’s programs, activities and services are accessible to persons with learning, sensory, physical and other disabilities. The committee will also work closely with the Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Committee (ADA) to identify relevant rules and regulations pertaining to specific affirmative action and equal opportunity problems at the university. Ubuntu also recommends policies and procedures to address specific disabled access challenges at the university, consistent with requirements of applicable regulations and regents’ policy ensuring that the ‘spirit of the law’ is followed.

B-3. This committee will advise the president on matters of equal opportunity, ensuring that UI’s programs, activities and services are available to persons with learning, sensory, physical and other disabilities, and identify avenues for ensuring the campus community creates a fair and inclusive environment for all.

B-4. This committee will also discharge such other functions as may be assigned by the Faculty Senate or by the president or the president’s designee.  It will also submit periodic reports on its activities to the Faculty Senate including recommendations for appropriate program or policy changes (see FSH 1460).   

C. STRUCTURE.

Four faculty, one of whome serves as chair; two staff members (one from Staff Affairs); two students (one undergraduate (ASUI) and one graduate (GPSA or SBA), one of whom belongs to an under-represented and/or under-served student population and the following ex officio members without vote or their designees: the ASUI Director of Diversity Affairs, Coordinator of Student Support Services, the Director of Multicultural Affairs, the Director of the Women’s Center,  a representative from Human Resources, the Director of Human Rights, Access and Inclusion, the Director of Diversity and Community, the Director of International Programs, the LGBTQA Coordinator, and the Director of the Native American Student Center or the Native American Tribal Liaison.