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Senate reassess school code of ethics

Enrollment, engagement and ethics were the main topics at the April 26 Academic Senate meeting via Zoom. 

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Donna-Mae Villanueva talked about student admission.

“Enrollment for summer is on. We’re monitoring but it’s just started,”Villanueva. “So, it’s still a little sluggish but it’s up and running . So we’re very happy about that.”

Villanueva also said, “Faculty chairs are doing an amazing job working to put together and fight for faculty who are interested in teaching face to face. We don’t know the percentage of how many classes are going to be fully face to face until all the schedules are in.”

Philosophy and Sociology Department Chair and Professional Ethics Committee Chair Cara Gillis talked about reviewing the Pierce College Faculty Code of Ethics and updating it. 

“We tried to add language that was more inclusive and representative,” Gillis said. “We tried to add language that encouraged faculty to kind of be collaborators with their students in a lot of ways, to not position themselves in opposition to their students.”

Gillis said faculty can provide more context about using material that might discourage students. 

“So for example if I teach Aristotle, there’s so much entrenched racism and sexism that’s embedded in Aristotle, we really, perhaps should consider explaining to our students why we might still teach Aristotle,”Gillis said. 

Gillis said that  faculty should avoid scheduling during religious holidays. 

The Senate will be discussing and voting on the Code of Ethics at the next meeting.

Edourad Tchertechian, head of the Math department, shared the college’s accomplishments.

“We continue to be the number one in the transfer level math and English department as well,”Tchertechian said. “It’s not just the associates degree but the associates degree for transfer has gone up significantly, year to year.”

Director of transfer center Sunday Salter announced two events to help students transition from Pierce.

“One is UCLA Day, which is going to be on May 4, from 10 a.m – 2 p.m, and the opportunity for students to connect with admissions,” Salter said. “There’ll be a financial aid and support program fair. And we are doing the same thing a week later.

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