Presentation on Domestic Partner Benefits Resolution

Here is the presentation that Dr. Joan Pellegrini, chair of the Faculty Senate’s Affirmative Action Committee, gave at the Senate’s meeting on Tuesday regarding the proposed resolution on domestic partner benefits. We also have posted the text of the resolution.

Message from David Fauri on the growth of Faculty Senate

At the first VCU Faculty Senate Meeting of the 2013-14 Academic Year, David Fauri as Senate Immediate Past President presented a gavel to June Nicholson, the incoming President for the current academic year and offered the following remarks summarizing the positions the Faculty Senate established during the past two years and priorities that being set for the current year.

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Take the Great Place Initiative Climate Survey

The following is a message from Maike Philipsen, a co-chair of VCU’s Great Place Initiative. The Faculty Senate is not a sponsor of the GPI; however, we are cooperating and facilitating with the initiative. Questions should be directed to Maike at

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Participate in the Great Place Initiative Climate Survey On-Line

The Great Place Initiative (GPI) seeks ways to better support employees at VCU. During the first phase of the initiative, employees will be asked to provide feedback about what should be preserved, strengthened, or changed at VCU.

Please help in the first phase of the GPI and encourage the units you represent to fill out the climate survey. A link will be e-mailed to all employees on February 4 and the survey will be open for two weeks. An outside service provider will receive and analyze the data to protect employee confidentiality and it will not be possible to identify individuals in any written report. Participation is voluntary and employees who complete the survey will have a chance to win an iPad Mini.

Please, help us reach a high rate of participation in the Climate Survey! To learn more about GPI visit: