Community Engagement

Chancellor Vitter’s Letter Announcing the CACHC Final Report and the University Action Going Forward

Click here to read Chancellor Vitter’s letter

July 6, 2017


CACHC Final Report

Click here to view final report submitted by the members of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context.

July 6, 2017


Chancellor Vitter’s Letter Clarifying Misperceptions about Work of CACHC

Clarifying Misperceptions about Work of CACHC

March 9, 2017


Statement from the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context:  Completion of Phase I and Community Engagement for Phase II

February 23, 2017

On February 22, 2017, Chancellor Vitter reviewed and finalized the recommendations from the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context (CACHC) on Phase I of our charge:

“…recommend which additional physical sites (monuments, buildings, street names) on the Oxford campus (beyond those already completed) should be contextualized, so as to explain the environment in which they were created or named.”

We encourage you to read the chancellor’s remarks in full which provide a summary of the completion of Phase I.  We now turn our work and focus to Phase II of our charge:

“…design content and format to contextualize the designated sites.”

Community engagement and public input is an integral part of the CACHC.  One of our steps to engage the UM community in Phase II is through an online form on the context.OleMiss.edu website.  We encourage you to use this form to submit your ideas about important facts or other information to be considered in the design and/or format of content.  All ideas will be considered by the CACHC members.  Ideas should be submitted no later than March 31, 2017.

In order to fully engage the community, we will also be hosting two CACHC listening sessions:

March 6, 2017, 3–5 p.m., The Inn at Ole Miss

March 23, 2017, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Location TBA

As we continue our work, we encourage you to check the context.OleMiss.edu website.  In addition, you can contact us via email at context@OleMiss.edu. We urge you to stay engaged in this process.

 

Sincerely,

Donald R. Cole and Rose Jackson Flenorl

Co-chairs

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context


Chancellor Vitter’s Remarks to the CACHC

Remarks to the CACHC

February 22, 2017


Statement from the CACHC: Committee Charge and Community Engagement via Online Submission Form

August 23, 2016

On August 16, 2016, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context held its first meeting and received its charge from Chancellor Vitter.  We encourage you to read the chancellor’s charging remarks in full which provide a summary of contextualization efforts on campus and the process of determining the composition of the CACHC as well as the specifics of the charge including a timeline.

Community engagement and public input is an integral part of the CACHC. We are now focused on the first part of our charge to recommend which additional physical sites (monuments, buildings, street names) on the Oxford campus (beyond those already completed) should be contextualized, so as to explain the environment in which they were created or named.

One of our first steps to engage the UM community is the establishment of an input mechanism on the context.OleMiss.edu website.  We encourage you to use this form to submit your ideas about which campus sites should be recommended for contextualization.  All ideas will be considered by the CACHC members (see bios here) when determining the recommendation list to be submitted to the chancellor.  Ideas should be submitted no later than September 9, 2016.

Once the recommendations have been reviewed by the chancellor’s office later this semester and the list of sites is finalized, the committee will then proceed with the second part of our charge of designing content and format to contextualize the designated sites.  At that point, we will inform you of the mechanisms we intend to employ to garner your input on this part of our charge.

As we continue our work, we intend to keep you updated on the context.OleMiss.edu website.  In addition, you can contact us via email at context@OleMiss.edu.  We urge you to stay engaged in this process.

 

Sincerely,

Donald R. Cole and Rose Jackson Flenorl

Co-chairs

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context


Remarks from Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter

Charge to CACHC

August 16, 2016


Letter from Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter

Announcement of CACHC Members

July 28, 2016


Letter from Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter

History, Context, Identity

June 10, 2016


Letter from Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter

Creation of Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context

March 29, 2016


Summary of University Community Meetings

Spring 2016

As part of the process of establishing the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context (CACHC), Chancellor Vitter recognized the need to engage with a broad range of constituency groups. To that end, over the course of several weeks, Chancellor Vitter met with numerous groups representing students, faculty, staff, and alumni as well as other valued members of the university community. The conversations were focused around four key questions:

  1. What do you think is important criteria for the expanded committee members?
  2. What would you consider is optimum size for the committee?
  3. What other groups should I ask for advice?
  4. What are other ways to engage the community?

The response in these meetings was overwhelmingly positive and supportive. Key themes emerged from these conversations that will shape and guide the CACHC composition, which is the key factor in its ability to accomplish its charge.

The committee will be asked to keep the community engaged through various mechanisms such as public forums, listening sessions, and online feedback forms. As projects are scheduled or under consideration they will be posted here so the CACHC can hear input from the community.

The community has suggested that the committee have expertise in areas such as history, sociology, English, law, and race relations, that it represent broad perspectives and understand deeply the UM community and culture, that it is to be unifying while addressing potentially divisive issues, and that it operate in an inclusive, respectful, civil, candid, and transparent manner that honors the UM Creed. The committee will consider the addition of ad hoc expertise as needed on a project-by-project basis, and will keep the community informed of the status of projects under consideration.

It is important to acknowledge that no single committee member will possess all the suggested expertise, characteristics, and qualifications that are considered important; rather, it is the committee as a composite that will possess these qualities and ensure that all input is considered.