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Affirmative Action Council 1997-98 Charge and Membership

The national debate over affirmative action policies continues this year; in the context of this debate, it is important that faculty, staff and students play an active role in shaping our future course and implementing our policies. The University's Affirmative Action Council has ably carried out this responsibility for many years. I have reviewed the charge and membership of the Council to ensure that it will be well equipped to handle its responsibilities during this academic year. The Council's charge and membership for 1997-98 appear below.

--Judith Rodin, President


The Affirmative Action Council is an advisory committee appointed by the President to review the University Affirmative Action Program, to recommend changes when necessary, to develop policy proposals, and to monitor performance and progress relating to affirmative action throughout the University.

In addition, the Council is charged by the President with oversight and coordination of the University's implementation of the Sexual Harrassment Policy, the Guidelines for Addressing Academic Issues of Students with Disabilities, and the Non-discrimination Policy.

Members of the Council are appointed by the President for one-year terms, and include faculty, staff, and students. The Director of Affirmative Action, administrators from the Provost's Office, Human Resources, and other University offices serve as ex-officio members on the Council. The Chairperson of the Council is a tenured faculty member appointed by the President for a two year term.


Membership for 1997-98
Dr. Peter Vaughan, School of Social Work, Chair
Ms. Jeanne Arnold, African American Resource Center, ex-officio
Professor Regina Austin, Law School
Dr. Robert W. Beiderman, School of Dental Medicine
Mr. Glenn Bryan, Community Relations
Mr. Michael Burton, Office of the President, ex-officio
Dr. Alicia M. Conill, School of Medicine
Ms. Valerie DeCruz, Greenfield Intercultural Center, ex-officio
Ms. Elena DiLapi, Penn Women's Center, ex-officio
Ms. Debra Fickler, Esq., Office of the General Counsel, ex-officio
Dean Raymond Fonseca, School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Oscar Gandy, Annenberg School for Communication
Dr. Patricia A. Grimes, School of Medicine
Ms. Isabel Molina Guzman, Graduate and Professional Students Assembly
Ms. Sharon Harris, Human Resources, ex-officio
Valerie O. Hayes, Esq., Office of Affirmative Action, ex-officio
Mr. Gavin Kerr, Human Resources/Medical Center
Ms. Temitope Koledoye, United Minorities Council
Dr. Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey, Institute on Aging
Dr. Bernard Lentz, Institutional Research and Analysis
Dr. Barbara Lowery, Office of the Provost, ex-officio
Dr. Janice Madden, Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dr. Vicki Mahaffey, Ombudsman, ex-officio
Mr. Barry Stupine, School of Veterinary Medicine
Ms. Lori H. Taliaferro, Undergraduate Assembly
Professor Antonia Villarruel, School of Nursing

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, October 28, 1997, Volume 44, No. 10