The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs has selected members of a council to meet with President Mark Schlissel and Provost Susan M. Collins to bring forward ideas, discuss concerns and offer suggestions about the university’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.  

The 16-member COVID-19 Faculty Council will meet twice a month. Its first meeting is scheduled for Nov. 6, 2020. Two of the council’s members are part of the EEB community: Cindee Giffen, lecturer, and Luis Zaman, assistant professor of complex systems, and of ecology and evolution.

Members of the COVID-19 Faculty Council have been asked to communicate with their colleagues to gain perspectives and feedback that they can then share with university leadership.

The council will engage with the administration on a wide variety of issues, including:

  • The health, safety and well-being of the campus community.
  • The pandemic’s impact on teaching, learning and the personal and professional lives of faculty members.
  • Issues regarding diversity, equity and inclusion, including accessibility.
  • The intersection of the pandemic with other forces of unrest affecting the campus and beyond.

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