from the President's Task Force on Inter-group Relations:
Initial Focus on the Effect of Middle East Issues on Campus Life
August 1, 2002
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*President's Task Force on Inter-group Relations with a Focus on Jewish/Palestinian Communities
This presidential task force will examine inter-group relations at San Francisco State University and advise the University on immediate and long-term strategies for improving the campus climate particularly regarding the concerns of the Jewish and Palestinian communities.
The Task Force is charged with a short-term, action-oriented agenda and a longer-term agenda that will dovetail with that of the current Commission on University Strategic Planning (CUSP II). The short-term tasks for the Task Force are:
Drawing from the preliminary report and agenda, the Task Force, in consultation with the president and the CUSP II group, will develop a long-term agenda including the following tasks:
The term of the Task Force will be determined within the context of the CUSP II strategic planning process.
* On July 17, 2002, name changed to President's Task Force on Inter-group Relations: Initial Focus on the Effect of Middle East Issues on Campus Life
* Effective as of September 1, 2002
Dear President Corrigan:
On behalf of the Task Force, I am pleased to submit this preliminary status report and recommendations for improving inter-group relations on campus, with a special emphasis on the Jewish and Palestinian communities. Your original charge commissioned the President's Task Force on Inter-Group Relations with a Focus on Jewish/Palestinian Communities. After considerable deliberation, the Task Force requested and you agreed that the focus should be broadened and thus, the name of the Task Force has been modified, with your approval, to "The President's Task Force on Inter-group Relations: Initial Focus on the Effect of Middle East Issues on Campus Life."
In addition to the broadening of the initial focus, the Task Force requested and you agreed to include additional student and community representatives. As a result, the current membership of the Task Force has 42 members who represent several University academic and administrative departments, student organizations, and the greater Arab, Jewish and Muslim communities. While all of the members of the Task Force have been provided with the opportunity to attend Task Force meetings, sub-committee meetings, listening groups, and review drafts of this report, it is neither intended to reflect a consensus of opinion of all 42 members nor to imply endorsement by any individual member. This report is not the culmination of the process but instead the beginning.
We are attempting to address the short-term tasks mandated in the charge and recommend immediate actions that can begin to address improving inter-group relations in the following areas:
This preliminary report is precisely that, preliminary; however, we have made considerable progress over the summer despite vacation schedules and other member time constraints. We have engaged in several discussions on student discipline, several Task Force members have raised concerns about student and organizational disciplinary procedures and we will continue to discuss this issue in the fall both in the Task Force as a whole and on the sub-committee level. In addition, several Task Force members wish to address lawful and productive ways to respond to speech that is morally repugnant and counter to a peaceful learning environment.
I believe that these seminal recommendations will stimulate immediate and constructive actions. I also believe that as the Task Force membership becomes better acquainted with each other and the University's operating procedures, we will be better able to help develop a long-term comprehensive agenda to address inter-group relations on campus.
The Task Force is committed to carrying out your charge. A half day retreat in early fall would foster good will and create more trust between the Task Force members. We are also requesting additional clerical support. After the summary of initial recommendations, we have made some preliminary suggestions for the implementation of the long-term agenda of the Task Force.
We will be setting a regular monthly meeting schedule for the fall semester for the Task Force, as charged; to study more comprehensively the issues that demand continued attention. We will also begin to address inter-group relations among other university communities.
I remain at your service.
Very truly yours,
Karen V. Clopton
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