University Committee Meeting Minutes 2023-02-27
UC members present: Bernard-Donals, Li, Papp (chair), Zweibel
Others: Greg Bump, Lesley Fisher, Jennifer Noyes, Julie Scharm, Jake Smith, Jen Young
Chair Papp called the meeting to order at 1:02 pm.
The minutes for the meeting of February 20, 2023, were approved with one correction.
Steph Tai,, co-chair of the LGBTQ+ Committee, provided a report covering the last two years. They have been working on equitable treatment issues including pronouns. They have also been providing support as controversial speakers come to campus. They were successful in lobbying for a LGBTQ+ employee retention specialist at a time when recent surveys show deceasing satisfaction for this employee group.
Travis Blomberg, Campus Resource Coordinator, Missy Nergard, Office of Sustainability and Steph Tai, Professor of Law, provided updates on sustainability. While there has not been any local assessment of procurement in regards to sustainability, there has been some work at the UW System level. The system recently joined the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and are looking at what’s available for use at the campus level. They have also asked for three positions to work on this area in the next budget.
There is some expectation that new tools will be available to estimate the contribution of purchasing goods from outside entities to greenhouse gas emissions if regulations for publicly traded companies take effect. Such regulations have been in effect in the UK for one year.
On the sustainability side, we as a campus are going for gold status. We need 10 more points to reach that goal and have identified 16 points we are pursuing as a campus.
The University Committee reviewed the Senate agenda and also made minor revisions to questions for Athletic Board candidates.
Papp motioned, and it was seconded, to convene in closed session pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c) and (f) to discuss a grievance and committee appointment at 2:20. One committee appointment was approved.
Papp motioned to reconvene in open session at 3:13. It was seconded and approved.
Papp adjourned the meeting at 3:14.