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Campuswide Committees 2014-2015

Affirmative Action/EEO Committee
Representative:  Elizabeth “Liz” Soria
Term date: 9/1/14 - 8/31/15
Charge:  To develop UCM Affirmative Action/EEO Policy, development of Discrimination Complaint Procedure, evaluation and monitoring of UC Merced’s Affirmative Action Programs, tie the AA goals to UCM recruitment process, design training and education related to the plans, audit campus personnel programs to measure the extent to which goals have been attained, and facilitation of campus-wide programs and projects to promote diversity.

Budget Committee
Representative: Cindi Deegan
Term date: Fiscal Year
Appointee: President, Staff Assembly
Charge: The charge of the Budget Committee is to review campus budget proposals and make recommendations to the Chancellor.

Campus Physical Planning Committee
Representative: Greg Spurgeon
Term date: 09/01/14 – 08/31/15
Committee Meetings: once a month for 2 hours at a time
The charge of the Campus Physical Planning Committee (CPPC) is to provide advice to the Chancellor with respect to the physical planning and capital development of the UC Merced campus.  The CPPC provides an efficient forum for obtaining input on campus development issues from a wide range of campus constituencies. The CPPC makes recommendations to the Chancellor regarding:
•    The Long Range Development Plan;
•    The Physical Design Framework;
•    The ten-year Capital Financial Plan (CFP);
•    Major real estate development proposals;
•    Proposed sites for new buildings, infrastructure and projects: major roads, walks, utilities,
•    landscaping, installations and alterations;
•    Project Naming (sub-committee)

Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability
Representative: Rachel Hadley
Term date: 9/1/14 - 8/31/16 (2 year appointment)
Committee Meetings: Once a month for 1.5 hours
Charge: To promote environmental stewardship and development that is based on ecological principals at the University of California, Merced. Sustainability refers to the physical development and institutional operating practices that meet the needs of present users without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, particularly with regard to the use and conservation of natural resources. The committee is charged with advising the Chancellor on matters pertaining to environmental sustainability, goals, policies, and practices at UC Merced.

Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women
Representative:  On hold
Term date: 9/1/14 - 8/31/15
Committee meetings: 1-2 hours a month
Charge: The committee will be dedicated to improving conditions for women and gender equity on campus. The charge to the committee is: to identify and analyze issues relating to the status of women at UC Merced, including faculty, staff and students; to inform and educate the campus community about conditions that affect the status of women within the university; and to advise and make recommendations to the chancellor regarding policies and procedures that would improve conditions for women.

Child Care Advisory Council
Representative: Angela Dixon
Term date: 9/1/14 – 8/31/16 (2 year appointment)
Charge: Make recommendations regarding the program, services, functions, and other child care related issues. This committee will provide technical expertise necessary to address issues regarding the quality and affordability of child care, proposed changes in policy, and long range planning for the center.

Office of the Ombuds Advisory Board
Representative: Oli Nandkishore
Term Date:  9/1/14 to 8/31/16 (2 year appointment)
Committee Meetings: 1 meeting per quarter
Charge: To establish the Charter for the Office, strategic planning, advising on website content, advisor to the Ombuds on services to campus, respond to comments/complaints about the Office, serve as "Ambassador" for the service to constituencies.

Training and Development Committee
Representative: Viola Kinsman
Term date: 9/1/14 - 8/31/15
Committee Meetings: 2x per year, one fall and one spring, 2 hours each
Charge: Training and Development (T&D) Committee that would be part of designing the vision, mission, and strategies of the program. As a side note, this committee would be separate from the UC Merced American with Disabilities Act Committee whose responsibility (among many other things) would be to design ADA training. However, I would envision both committees being in coordination along with another committee to be formed called the EEO/Diversity & Affirmative Action Committee. All committees play a significant role during Accreditation visits, discrimination complaints, and any discipline cases supervisors are involved in.

Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee
Representative:   Coty Ventura
Term date: 11/1/14 - 10/31/16 (2 year appointment)
Charge: To assist the Vice Chancellor of Administration in the formulation of policies and procedures related to the overall transportation and parking program at UC Merced. This includes, but is not limited to, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrian traffic as well as the operations and services of the CatTracks and County transit systems; to provide a communication link between the users of the transportation programs and those responsible for providing such programs and enforcing the regulations governing them.

Central Plant and Telecom Reliability Upgrade
Representative:  Diane Caton
Term date:  3/14/2014 - Completion
Charge: The Project Advisory Committee will facilitate communication among campus stakeholders involved with all aspects of the lifecycle of this project, including the planning, design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance of the central plant and telecommunications facility.  As such, discussions about optimal procurement and financing strategy, and the commensurate financial and operating risks that the campus may face during the course of project development and over its lifecycle should be discussed.

Campus Climate Survey Task Force
Representative: Angela Counts:
Term Date: 6/18/2014 - Completion
This subcommittee has been charged by Chancellor Leland to develop campuswide strategies to address campus challenges identified by the recent system wide Campus Climate Survey.  This will be accomplished by:
•    providing ongoing evaluation of campus climate conditions, practices and policies;
•    suggesting measures that will support the goals of inclusion and community, especially including measures reflecting promising practices from elsewhere in UC and the nation;
•    coordinating the committee’s analyses, recommendations and other work with related work of any entities created by faculty, staff, students, or neighboring communities; and
•    fulfilling other campus-specific responsibilities identified by the Chancellor.

Human Resources Advisory Committee
Representative: Simrin Takhar
Term Date: 6/27/2014 – Completion
This advisory committee has been charged by Vice Chancellor Reese to help inform him on campus perspectives on Human Resources and provide insights on areas of good and poor performance.  This subcommittee will also assist in the upcoming search for a new AVC of Human Resources.