2020-2021 Communications Committee Report

The past academic year has been difficult for the Communications Committee—as it has been for everyone else connected with the Faculty Association in any capacity. The Committee’s job is to get out information about issues facing Members and news about the Association’s campaigns and activities. But in the fluid situation in which we have all found ourselves this year, this has proven very difficult. With the Executive focussed on enforcing the Collective Agreement and helping Members protect their rights as the pandemic has tried to re-write the way we do our jobs and our relationship with the University, this has left little time for new initiatives.

Nevertheless, we produced one issue of the Microfiber—watch for a new name for our communications bulletin coming soon. The website subcommittee met regularly to fine-tune our new(ish) website. Members of the Committee also attended a CAUT training session workshop on media messaging in January.

I would like to thank, Mike Arfkin (co-chair), Laurie Brinklow, Kim Mears, Ariana Patey, Nia Phillips and Chris Vessey for all of their toil on behalf of the committee this year, and to Ashley Hansen, the Association’s Professional Officer, for her support.

Finally, I would also like to thank Sharon Myers for her service to this committee as co-chair (ex officio) in her capacity as President.

By Richard Raiswell (co-chair)

2020-2021 Joint Equity Committee Report

The Joint Equity Committee met only a few times this year, owing in part to the pandemic, as well as various shifts in membership on the FA side. Members at this time were Ann Braithwaite, Sharon Myers (co-chair), and Margot Rejskind for the FA, and Nola Etkin, Kathy Gotschall-Pass (co-chair), and Ron MacDonald for Administration. Meetings in the Fall, previous to the change in committee membership, were focused on providing comment on early drafts of the UPEI EDI Strategic Plan. Although the final document is imperfect, we were pleased to see that some of the recommendations discussed were taken on, and overall the document provides a starting place for the work of promoting EDI for our members across campus.

 Recently, the FA Executive Committee took steps to more effectively align the membership of the Joint Equity Committee with that of the FA Equity Committee, passing a motion to make the Executive Committee Chair of the FA Equity Committee the automatic FA-side co-Chair of the JEC. This will hopefully assure effective communication between the two committees as well as between them and the EC, and ensure that they do not work at cross-purposes, or duplicate work between them.

By Margot Rejskind (Chair)