August 9, 2013

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Faculty/Staff Assn. Task Force meets, plans

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UUP President Fred Kowal speaks to members of the union’s Black Faculty and Staff Association Task Force at its Aug. 9-10 meeting, as statewide Vice President for Professionals Philippe Abraham, center, and committee member Ed Drummond, listen.

More than a dozen UUPers from Stony Brook to Buffalo attended the meeting in Albany, where they heard from Kowal and worked on future plans.

Kowal praised the task force and offered whatever assistance members might need to accomplish their work.

“This union believes in justice and fairness for all and that‘s what this committee is about,” he said.

Kowal also urged members to take part in the 50th anniversary on the March on Washington on Aug. 24 in Washington, D.C.

“It’s not a commemoration, it’s a re-start of a movement and we’re a core part of that movement,” he said.

Also slated for the two-day session: a discussion on Massive Open Online Courses with statewide Secretary Eileen Landy, and an update on the Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program.

The task force’s mission is to discuss issues and set goals for black faculty staff associations at UUP chapters across the state. The group will focus on helping members in underrepresented groups achieve tenure, permanent appointments and promotion, and aid campuses in retaining those faculty and staff members.

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