Social Justice Committee – September 2016 Updates

Curious about what the university-wide Social Justice Committee is up to? Check out the minutes below from their first meeting of the 2016-17 academic year. Or better yet, sit in on an upcoming meeting! The next meeting is Wednesday, October 19th at 3:00 pm in the Orozco Room (712) at 66 West 12th Street.



Minutes from The New School Social Justice Committee

Sept. 21, 2016, 3-5 p.m., Orozco Room

In Attendance: Tamara Oyola Santiago (co-facilitator, Staff co-chair), Gigi Polo co-facilitator, Faculty co-chair), Susan Austin (co-facilitator, Staff co-chair), Randy Mulder (Faculty), Kathleen Breidenbach (Staff), Susan Mayer (Faculty), Ana-Maria Reichenbach (Student), Gail Drakes (Dir. of SJ Initiatives), Jennifer Weinraub-Yao (Staff), Mitchell Bradford (Student), George Fisher (Faculty), Chasity Wilson (Staff), David Howe (Student), Rachel Knopf Shey (Staff), Paul Marcus (Faculty), Warren Spielberg (Faculty), Mia White (Faculty), Onno De Jong (Faculty) Nicholas Allanach (Staff)

Not Attending: Zsuzsa Feher (Student), Cynthia Lawson (Staff), Tim Marshall (Provost), Ollin Rodriguez-Lopez (Student)

Guests: Sarah Jane (Student), Maya Wiley (Senior VP for Social Justice)

Intros: SJC Members introduced themselves, including university affiliation, pronouns and areas of social justice interest and experiences

The bulk of the meeting was spent in dialogue with Special Guest, Maya Wiley (Asst. VP for Social Justice)

Maya Wiley, Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the Milano School and Asst. VP of Social Justice, met with the SJC to discuss her new role at The New School, her background, and thoughts on Social Justice organizing.

Other Meeting items:

  • Dialogue between new and returning members around bylaws, history, structure and logistical coordination of the committee
  • Creation of rotating facilitation and note taking roles for next SJC meetings
  • Decision to focus October meeting on priority setting and goals for 2016-2017
  • Need for SJC Student Co-Chair – student work group to meet and decide Co-Chair internally (if needed will then go to vote to greater SJC)