Chancellor’s Committee on
the Status of Persons with Disabilities
January 15, 2010 Meeting minutes
Members present: Ryan Parrey,
William Schubert, Jerry Lockwood, Drew Browning, Ed Garay, Janis Hayden,
Marsha Cassidy, Joann Gras, and Peter Berg.
Members unable to attend: Janet
Smith, Betsy Gates-Ehlers, Alanna O’Connor, Michelle Bulanda, Ann
Barnds, Joy Hammel, Mark Goerdert, and Robin Hursey.
GA: Sean Plomann
Guests: Roxanna Stupp, Lowell
Seida and John Hiltscher
- Approval of November’s
- 1st- William Schubert
- 2nd- Peter Berg
- Approval of January’s
- Old Business
- Survey Report
- AHEAD suggested
an email should be sent to faculty to encourage participation. The CCSPD
will ask Chancellor and Provost to participate in the survey as well.
A single Mass Mail, which will include a single URL, will be sent by
the Chancellor to encourage participation. Deans and Department heads
will be encouraged to participate and encourage participation of students.
The professional colleges will also be included so all of UIC would
participate in the survey.
- IRB has approved
the survey. The survey should be launched the second week of February.
- Around campus kiosks
may be set up for the survey.
- Several surveys
are due to be launched so, it’s possible, there will be a ‘survey
Monday’ which would include the AHEAD survey and the UCLA survey.
- Since the professional
colleges are to be included, Joann stated that there are some problems
with the language in the contract with AHEAD which will need to be rectified.
A partial waiver of insurance will be needed and a second contract will
be sent out.
- Update on UCLA survey
- Only undergraduates
will be asked to participate in the UCLA survey.
- Disability was not
included. Questions in the survey cannot be altered, but questions can
added to the survey to include disability. Questions added should be
all inclusive in terms of disability.
- The main construct
of this survey is for diverse learning environments.
- The Provost supports
- Discussion of the
- The CCSPD’s budget
is not affected this year and at this time. Furlough days have started
for employees and staff at UIC.
- 10% of the DRC’s
budget is being cut on top of an already 6% drop from last year’s
- Contracts with the
DRC’s vendors will not be affected since their contracts are for 3
- The deadline to
cancel the Digital Expo (if needed) is at the beginning of March. Letters
signed by Carol Snow were sent out to the sponsors of the Digital Expo.
We are waiting to hear back in regards to the sponsors.
- To hold the Digital
Expo at the UIC Forum, it is $3000 for three rooms so, it is possible,
there may not be a Digital Expo this year. The CCSPD will talk to Barbara
Henry to see if the Chancellor can waive the fees for the UIC Forum
- Roxanna will send
out an alternative budget which includes possibly using Student Center
East as the location.
- If there is ‘pushback’
on the issue of the budget cuts, it should be known that disability
is not like other areas of UIC, which is to say, there a legal mandate
to continue disability services.
- If there is a statement
made by the CCSPD it should be sent to the Chancellor to make her aware
of the adverse effects the budget cuts will have on UIC’s disability
- A statement to the
Chancellor should be properly worded. Janis will write a few paragraphs
and Ryan will help with the wording.
- There should be
a running list of issues to talk to the Chancellor about which includes
fees for use of rooms at UIC for events.
- Website report
- The website will
be ‘spruced up’ before any major changes occur.
- A count on the number
of hits the CCSPD website receives may be added.
- According to Mark
Goerdert, we are expecting a new graphical design for UIC’s webpage
from UIC’s office of Marketing and Communications. The design was
expected to arrive in December; but it’s now likely to arrive in late
January. The CCSPD website will likely be included with these changes.
This would be with the understanding that the new design will be fully
accessible. The changes, however, cannot wait beyond February.
- ACDC Report
- Angel Diaz, Pablo
Acevado of Facilities Management, and the Office of Access and Equity
are in full support of the wording of the new snow removal policy.
- The proposed policy
will be sent out on the internal listserv.
- Stairs will be added
to the policy as well as an emergency telephone number to call for snow
removal on UIC’s campus. Certain logistics need to be worked out such
as who does what in removing the snow.
- Angel will talk
to Pablo about the new snow removal policy. He will be coming to the
next CCSPD meeting and would like a brief list of topics sent to him
- There will possibly
be an ‘extra mile’ award for those UIC employees and staff who go
above and beyond in helping with these efforts. The nomination would
go through the internal listserv.
- New Business
- Role of Disability
Resource Center in the new “Centers for Diversity”
- The DRC was left
out of the development of the Centers for Diversity. The DRC itself
includes both cultural aspects and services when it comes to disability.
The question is whether the DRC should become involved in the Centers
for Diversity since there are budget cuts.
- The first town hall
meeting for all of the Centers for Diversity will be held Monday, January
- A subcommittee will
convene to decide what to do in regards to the DRC and the Centers for
Diversity. The subcommittee will include Ryan, Peter, and Roxanna.
- Chicago Children’s
Theatre and their Red Kite Program
- Bill suggested that
there should be a screening of a documentary.
- CCSPD might sponsor
the event in name, for example, with flyers but might not be able to
sponsor it further because of the budget.
- The film will be
put on the CCSPD website.
- Bill will send a
letter in regards to the event on the internal listserv.
- Program committee
will consider this event.