The Social Concerns Committee is concerned with the interrelationship between the University and the broader social community, as well as the nature and extent of the University's response to social concerns.
2021-22 Social Concerns Committee Leadership
2021-22 Meeting Schedule
The Social Concerns Committee meets Mondays from 12:30-2 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all University Senate governance committees will continue to meet online via Zoom until further notice.
|September 27, 2021||12:30-2 p.m.||Online Via Zoom|
|October 25, 2021||12:30-2 p.m.||Online Via Zoom|
|November 29, 2021||12:30-2 p.m.||Online Via Zoom|
|January 31, 2022||12:30-2 p.m.||TBD|
|February 28, 2022||12:30-2 p.m.||TBD|
|April 25, 2022||12:30-2 p.m.||TBD|
Committee members will be automatically added to a Google Calendar invite for these meetings at the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year.
University Senate Bylaws, Article II., Section 5
J. SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE
The Social Concerns Committee is primarily concerned with the interrelationship between the University and the broader social community. It is concerned with the nature and extent of the University's response to social concerns.
The Social Concerns Committee shall be composed of:
- 7 faculty members,
- 3 academic professional members,
- 7 students,
- 3 civil service members,
- 3 alumni representatives, and
- ex officio representation as specified by vote of the University Senate.
Faculty/academic professional, civil service, and student members shall be appointed by the Committee on Committees. The alumni members shall be appointed by the director of alumni relations.
Duties and Responsibilities
a. To make recommendations to the Senate for the University's response to social concerns and to advise the president and senior academic officers with respect to these matters.
b. To initiate on a regular basis campus fora on current controversial issues.
c. To annually determine which of the University’s investments have shareholder resolutions that should be of concern to the University and to recommend specific votes on these resolutions.
d. To recommend to the Senate Consultative Committee such actions or policies as it deems appropriate.
Resolutions, Statements, and Documents
- Statement on Faculty and Supervisor Support for Student and Staff Voting - October 2020
- Benchmarking Report on Voter Turnout Initiatives - Spring 2020
- Statement on the March 8, 2019 Board of Regents Meeting - March 2019
- Immigration Safe Zone Letter and Response - March 2018
- Resolution on Equal Opportunity and Title IX Education - May 2017
- Resolutions on organics recycling: A Resolution in Support of Organics Recyling and A Resolution in Support of Compostable Food Serviceware - March 2017
- Lactation Support Action - October 2013
- Tobacco-free Twin Cities Campus - May 2013
- Ban the Purchase and Further Use of Triclosan and Related Compounds by the University of Minnesota - May 2013
- Sudan Position Statement - March 2007
- Resolution on a Vendor Code of Conduct - April 2006
- Academic Freedom Resolution - April 2005
- Renewable Energy Resolution - May 2004
- Printer Resolution - May 2003
- Recycling Paper Resolution - May 2003
- Essential Medicines Resolution - May 2003
- Mount Graham Resolution - May 2003
- Student Protest Resolution - March 2003
- Mount Graham Position Report - March 2002
- Resolution on Fair Trade, Shade Grown Coffee - December 2001
- Resolution on Alcohol - February 2000
- Burma/Total Oil Resolution - May 1998