Published by Lisa Karakaya on 17 Mar 2017
In attendance: Sarah Yahyaoui, Oliver Hennet, Alicen Weida (chair), Itziar de Miguel, Lisa Karakaya (secretary)
Minutes from last meeting approved
Discussion of upcoming dates for events at the GC and the French department:
April 10: 6 p.m. CUNY Clear Know Your Rights seminar
April 26 – 5-8 p.m. bystander training workshop
May 4, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. publishing roundtable, for department students
Friday May 19 2-4 p.m. teaching roundtable, for department students
International students issues:
Difficulties for international students, especially when traveling, and returning to the U.S. Sarah Yahyoui would like to see a point person at the GC for international students who may be detained while traveling, at airports, etc. At the least they need a clear procedure set in place so they know what to do and who to call if detained. International student office held a “know your rights” discussion this week, but there should be more organization with this, and a clear procedure.
Racial justice/BLM issues at CUNY and around the city:
Oliver says that Black Lives Matter reading group meetings at the GC are going very well; they will hold some movie screenings that will be open to everyone. BLM meetings are now closed, but Oliver has syllabi that anyone can adapt.
Standing up for Racial Justice (SRJ); organization that teaches white people how to be allies of PoC and organizes to attend/support BLM protests and events.
Gender-neutral bathrooms: no progress. Both Alicen and Oliver are on trans bathroom committee. Olivier: changing ID problems at GC. No trans coalition for ID, no bathrooms. There’s a need for a trans advocacy committee/point person.
Free CUNY organization:
Sarah says that the group FREE CUNY is trying to get a petition to force a referendum on tuition-free CUNY. They need 45,000 signatures. Sarah will send petition to small group. The group meets every Sunday 4-6 p.m. at Hunter.
Sarah stood in for Amy at the last meeting. Outreach (branch of DSC) was there reporting about Muslim ban and proposing workshops. Sarah: we need a process. Clear procedure to follow for all international students: someone to call and a document as well. Students should know what you have to have when you travel abroad. Sarah will write to Outreach and cc the international office, the provost, etc. Itziar: will email the head of the international students office.
Library has received special funding from city. Can only go towards computers or building stuff; not towards staffing.
The DSC has created a student life website, health website: own list of doctors, recommendations, etc. Go on DSC website (student life and services on DSC website)
$6,500 left for events (in DSC rooms – have to use non-Commons food though).
Executive Committee report:
Alicen reports that on the ad for the new professor we are hiring: we are seeking francophone literature professor, someone who can teach in French and in English.
Sarah: talked to Prof. Sautman about the exam and the new procedure in the handbook. Instead of four, you do one that is comparative/general literature approach. No procedure for that exam yet – they haven’t given it yet. So this is to be discussed at next Executive Committee meeting.
Grad Council report:
New York State budget is still being negotiated. “Excelsior” plan – Cuomo wants CUNY to be free for students below a certain income level: the state needs to give the city money.
Student conference updates:
Olivier, Itziar, Sarah need to send out to-do list for volunteers. Printing the badges. Everything else is taken care of.
Problem with buzzing fluorescent lights in thesis room. Sarah is waiting to hear back from Sautman, who has contacted the maintenance department.
Next FPSA meeting will be held at 1-2 p.m. on May 19.