Update: Student Advisory Board
Meeting Held June 24, 2020
Jeremy Haefner, Chancellor
Thomas Walker, Co-Chair, Director, Inclusion & Equity Education, Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence
Abdulrahman Osama Ayad, Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science
Kelly Bonk, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Amina Bouayad, Morgridge College of Education
Haley Clark, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Victoria Feliciano, Graduate School of Social Work
Corey Fluke, Sturm College of Law
Erik Frederiksen, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Marianne Hughes, Korbel School of International Studies
Breigh Jones-Coplin, Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Victoria Martinez, Korbel School of International Studies
Alex Niederberger, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Lauren Sanchez, Daniels College of Business
Shubham Sapkota, Joint PhD Program in Study of Religion
Atresha Singh, University College
Mia Sundstrom, Daniels College of Business
Anit Tyagi, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Matt Underwood, Daniels College of Business
Claire Brownell, Director of University Protocol, Office of the Chancellor
Student Advisory Board members Benjamin Schwartz and Joules Snopek were excused.
Welcome and Introductions
Chancellor Jeremy Haefner welcomed the students to the first meeting, noting that the Student Advisory Board is a mechanism for students to directly share good ideas as well as concerns, particularly as DU gets ready to bring back students for the Fall 2020 quarter. The Chancellor invited students to introduce themselves. The Board then discussed and agreed upon suggested norms for engagement.
The Chancellor noted that Dr. Walker will co-chair the Student Advisory Board and invited students to self-nominate for the other co-chair position. Dr. Haefner remarked on the expectations of the student co-chair position, including development of agendas and facilitation of meeting discussion. Dr. Walker remarked that the Student Advisory Board is comprised of representatives from all of the academic units; he invited Board members to share their own points of view along with the views of their academic peers.
Chancellor Haefner provided updates on the task forces related to COVID 19 planning, which includes work related to finances; fall logistics; the process related to class registration; digital and online work; academic programming; forward-looking strategic thinking; and healthcare. The Chancellor noted that the core value that we want to preserve is the interaction between students and faculty. He also reported that institutional financial aid has been increased.
The Board discussed the following topics:
- How DU will react if there is a COVID case on campus.
- Size restrictions for student organization gatherings.
- Student preference for virtual or F2F classes.
- Indicators that will facilitate it is safe to fully reopen as normal.
- Process for out-of-Colorado students returning to campus.
- The Fall Quarter schedule and timing of the final exam period.
- The usage of face coverings/masks and physical distancing protocols.
- Communication campaign to students regarding face coverings/masks and physical distancing protocols.
- Enforcement of face coverings/masks and physical distancing protocols.
- Learning from our semester peers on effective strategies.
The Chancellor thanked members of the Board for their robust and thoughtful ideas. The Board will meet again in approximately four weeks.