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President's Task Force on Inter-group Relations: Initial Focus on the Effect of Middle East Issues on Campus Life


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June 14, 2002

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:

  • to recommend immediate actions that can be taken to improve campus climate for our Jewish and Palestinian communities
  • to consider various facets of the University that may be relevant to issues raised by the Jewish, Palestinian and related communities regarding recent events on campus. These may include the University's curriculum; co-curricular activities; orientation programs for students, staff, administrators and faculty; colloquia; and campus policies
  • to recommend to the president by August 1, 2002 those immediate actions that should be taken by appropriate areas of the University

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:

  • to study more comprehensively the issues in the August 1, 2002 report that demand continued attention
  • to relate, where appropriate, Jewish and Palestinian community concerns to those regarding inter-group relations among other SFSU communities, e.g. racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual identity, disability or other social or cultural communities
  • to recommend actions that continue to improve campus climate for our Jewish and Palestinian communities in manner that complements the ongoing work of the CUSP II process

The term of the task force will be determined within the context of the CUSP II strategic planning process.

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