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Ilana Weisman, Vice President for Equity & Outreach
Equity & Outreach Committee, 2015 – 2016 Agenda
Duke Student Government
October 2015
New Initiatives
Student conduct clarification and reform: Noted as the top student priority
by house council presidents, E&O has begun surveying students and hosting
focus groups to discuss the Office of Student Conduct’s policies and
procedures, as well as personal experiences with the conduct process. E&O
will attempt to clarify changes made to the student body, as well as will
lobby for reforms to the amended appellate process, such as for the ability
to challenge sanctions, an extended period for new evidence, and bringing
back “mistrial” hearings. E&O will also push for more consistent procedural
adherence, defining of students’ rights, sanctioning guidelines, and greater
Converting single-occupancy restrooms to gender-neutrality: E&O has
partnered with Blue Devils United to record all unnecessarily gendered
single-stall or single-occupancy restrooms on campus so as to change
signage to make them accessible to all genders. Having received a positive
response from John Noonan’s team, E&O will continue to conduct campus
walkthroughs and research peer institutions’ signage so we can try to get
restrooms converted by the 2016-2017 school year.
Streamlining self-identification of pronouns and gender: E&O is currently
working with the Registrar, Bursar, SISS/ACES, Admissions, and CSGD to
allow students to choose their pronouns and gender on official university
records, much like how they can choose a “preferred name” versus their
legal name. We are in the process of figuring out logistics of implementation
and consistency for students to self-select their identity markers, likely postmatriculation.
Creating a sexual health resource center: As a long-term project, E&O is
innovating a student-staffed, peer advisory sexual health center modeled
after a similar resource at Stanford. We are working with the Wellness
Center to accumulate campus sexuality resources and plan a house course
to train student advisors; we hope to pilot the program in Fall 2016 before
hopefully moving into the new Student Health building in 2017. E&O is in
the process of finding materials, assessing financial needs, and creating
sustainability plans for the proposed center. To prepare, we are planning
“pop-up” centers next semester, particularly at large events (K-Ville, LDOC).
This center will also be a potential location for free menstrual hygiene
product distribution if in-bathroom dispensers are not viable.

we will work to support OSC’s revisions to the student sexual misconduct policy and further clarify policies to students through an expanded Q+A section. or SOFC. Cultural Outreach: .Weisman@duke. and group therapy offerings. Moreover. the travel fund. E&O is working with the Residential Life committee to include extended and amended Title IX training for RAs and to alter Orientation Week to reflect such meaningful discussions about sexuality and sexual misconduct. First-year senators will also be carrying out a project or policy aimed at their class. On the reform side. and including a SES feature during Orientation Week or Blue Devil Days. Mental health outreach: After a successful yet fatiguing Mental Health Awareness Month in February 2015. We will be compiling a “complainants’ rights” handout for sexual assault survivors to access before entering any conduct process. We also hope to work with Admissions to create an extra Blue Devil Days session about mental health and wellness on campus. we will survey survivors and the general student body to gauge interest in removing students from sexual misconduct panels and will explore alternate panel composition options. E&O is working with the Services Committee to lobby for CAPS online registration. and culture on campus. E&O decided to split mental health efforts into two Mental Health Awareness Weeks while continuing policy pushes and supporting the Duke chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. sexuality. creating an interfaith worship space on East Campus. and further retooling Orientation Week to better promote diversity and inclusion. starting a queer orientation or pre-orientation program. We’re looking into rebranding groups and events to highlight the “free” aspect rather than “open” feature. comparing ours to those of peer institutions. Other mid-priority projects Equity & Outreach senators will be working on next semester include lobbying for free menstrual hygiene products. extended evening hours. updated flowcharts. or include such topics as an add-on to an existing health and safety session.Ilana Weisman. starting a “microgrant” program for student activity costs that cannot be covered by UCAE. Continuing Initiatives Sexual misconduct policy clarification and reform: In a continuation of E&O’s efforts last year. Vice President for Equity & Outreach Ilana. and increased distribution Opening socioeconomic dialogues: A recurring E&O conversation involves brainstorming innovative ways to open discussions about socioeconomic status that can mimic the free-flowing ones we have about gender.

Similarly. . Upcoming programs coordinated through this effort include a workshop series – How To Be A Better Ally – and faculty/student Intersectionality Panels. The committee will establish its own rules of procedure and guidelines for submissions. Vice President for Equity & Outreach Ilana. Each member of the committee has been trained to be a “DSG pin person” for cultural and identity marker groups on campus so as to better foster communication and collaboration between groups. as well as to begin to outsource programming.Weisman@duke. which will be gathered during the spring semester.200 students to identity centers on campus.Ilana Weisman. Moneta and DSG in April of last year. E&O is working on Social Justice Fellowship follow-through with Black Student Alliance to form the grant oversight body comprised of cultural representatives from various student groups on campus to distribute funds allocated by DSG is creating a mandatory diversity and inclusion training for student group leaders that will connect approximately 1.