UC DAVIS EMERITI ASSOCIATION REPORT

CUCEA MEETING APRIL 26-27, 2016

UCLA

 

 

The UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA) has maintained its active membership at 479 members (318 life, 80 active and 81 associate). The UCDEA continues to have a strong collaborative working relationship with the UC Davis RetireesŐ Association (UCDRA) under the umbrella of the UC Davis Retiree Center, ably managed by Director Sue Barnes and Staff Assistant Marjorie Ahl.   We are very sad to report that Sue Barnes is moving her talents to the UCLA Retiree Center in time for the April CUCRA/CUCEA meeting hosted at UCLA.  We will miss SueŐs management and programming leadership very much but wish her well in her new endeavors at UCLA. 

 

The Executive Committee continued to host our Coffee With Campus Leaders series at 9:ooam prior to our monthly Executive Committee meetings. UCD Academic Senate chair Andre Knoesen met with us in March for a very informative and thoughtful discussion. Future coffees are scheduled with Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Milton Lang and Director of Community Resource Centers Sheri Atkinson in April and Professor Robert C. May in June.  These coffees have been very helpful in keeping the emeriti engaged with current campus issues and elevating our visibility across campus constituencies.

 

The UCDEA is also invited to have representation on various campus administrative task forces and committees. The president and vice president participate in the ChancellorŐs monthly Campus Community Council.  Issues related to campus climate continue to be a focus of discussion. In February EnvisionUCDavis, a 36-hour online game, was promoted to engage all campus constituencies in what the future UC Davis would look like. This mirrors a similar exercise previously conducted at UCSF. The March agenda provided an update on diversity, the diversity inclusion process and new faculty hires, as well as the ongoing student protest.  

 

The UCDEA Executive Committee, with participation from the UCDRA, presented a letter of concern to the Academic Senate Emeriti Committee on our displeasure regarding the lack of shared governance consultation, as well as the options presented in the presidentŐs Retirement Options Task Force  (ROTF) report.  The letter was well received and was included as an attachment to the UC Davis Academic SenateŐs response to the report.

 

Our annual meeting in May will include a vote on updated Bylaws and election of Officers for 2016-17.  Activities are minimal over the summer; however, UCDEA members participate in the annual New Retirees Reception at the end of June and the Retiree Resource Fair in July, where we host a table to promote our programs, encourage membership and participation in the video interview project.