CfDC Minutes — June 13, 2007

Attending: Doug White, Vice-Chair; Gerald P. Hoff; Joe Lentini: Jill Rice; Susan Smart; Georges Moinet (Welcome, Georges!); Carole Dubritsky; Sam Goodin; Els Nieuwenhuijsen; and Special Guests: Kimberly Morris and Mark Johnston (Welcome, Kimberly and Mark!); Anna Ercoli Schnitzer (minutes).

Introductions were made all around, with Kimberly from Office of University Development and Mark from LSA Development explaining in general what they do and their affiliations (they also mentioned that Jay Salliot will soon be coming aboard as the new Director of Devolopment for Student Affairs).

Doug, presiding in Jack Bernard's absence, explained the purpose of the Council, its history and total lack of any regular budget since 1983, and the fact that we serve as a clearinghouse of information on new construction/renovation. We play a unique role monitoring accessibility (both physical and online) issues not only for students but also for faculty, staff and community members as far as the whole of UM is concerned. We are also interested in being welcoming to those with special needs, in being supportive of hidden disabilities, and, in general, in providing whatever is needed re: accessibility on campus.

Investing in Ability, the week when we highlight programs relating to disabilities, was described along with the necessity of obtaining adequate funding to put on these events annually. The Neubacher Award Ceremony and the Certificates of Appreciation we issue were described, as well. We would like to be able to provide events to raise consciousness about disability throughout the year, too.

Our funding gifts to date were briefly enumerated, including both monies generously donated by departments and gifts in kind (room rent waived, etc.). The Office of Institutional Equity (our parent organization), which had granted us $5000 in the past few years, will not be able to give us as much, if any, funding this year.

Kimberly and Mark suggested that we need a menu of support. They will send us a template called a "product sheet" to indicate projects or specifically how much funding we need, for which particular use we would put that amount of money, and what our priorities are. There are about 200 such templates campus-wide.

Since we are a campus-wide organization touching all aspects of UM life, including community linkage, and since our group is composed of volunteers rather than appointed members, we need a formal summary to recharge our organization. We should include Council history, examples of our events and keynote speakers, and our past funding sources--to present the case within UM as well as for outside sources, since private giving is very important nowadays, too. A special UM community member, such as Chris Savoie, a past Neubacher winner, is a good example to include. We will send reports to Kimberly. As far as endowment goes, strategic thinking is necessary to target individuals and the particulars of Council needs are required for this purpose.

UMinDS was described. It is an academic program dealing in knowledge about various aspects and configurations of disability, whereas the Council deliberates about current policy concerning disability on campus and provides action as required whenever possible.

Els will disseminate an update on disability issued by the Institute of Medicine concerning not just those who need care but also their caretakers and those who have chronic conditions.

Funding via our web site was discussed, for which we need an account number for internal or external gifts. Until we have a permanent number, we might use a temporary one.

The meeting was adjourned shortly after 1 pm. Thank you very much, everyone, for providing valuable input during the meeting.