The University Daily Kansan Oct. 31

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The University Daily Kansan

NEWS MANAGEMENT Editor-in-chief Savanna Smith Managing editor Nichola McDowell

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Provost finalist addresses diversity, social mobility

KU names Carl Lejuez as provost finalist

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One of the first finalists for provost gave her proposed initiatives to mend ongoing issues at the University of Kansas in a presentation to students, staff and faculty on Tuesday evening. Margaret Raymond, a dean and professor of law at the University of Wisconsin, told audience members in the Burge Union she saw three challenges at the University: • The University needs more diversity and inclusion efforts. • Access to resources for pell grant students needs to improve, given the rising costs of higher education. • The University is in need of more financial resources, especially as state appropriations decrease for public higher education. “I’ve worked on these challenges as a dean,” Raymond said. “And I welcome to do it as a provost.” Raymond’s past track record includes raising over $35 million for the law school at the University of Wisconsin and improving employment opportunities for graduate students at the law school, said Steven Soper, one of the co-chairs of the provost search committee, ahead of Raymond’s presentation. Raymond said campus entities can work together creatively to figure out how to resolve these issues. After meeting University members throughout the day, she said she felt optimistic that many of these challenges could be tackled. Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, an aerospace engineering professor, asked Raymond more about whether she would increase raises for faculty members. Barrett-Gonzalez sat on the committee at the University that dissected its budget.

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Interim Provost Carl Lejuez discusses budget cuts on Oct. 2.

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Margaret Raymond, the first candidate announced for the provost search, presents to faculty and students Tuesday.

“We are dead last in faculty compensation in the [Association of American Universities],” Barrett-Gonzalez said. “We haven’t seen as faculty and staff an increasable raise in a decade — we barely got above inflation this year.” Raymond said the new budget model was exciting because it would increase a raise pool. Good employees need to get rewarded often, she said, especially because faculty can leave to go to other universities. “No matter how much people love this place, if they are under-marketed and they are feeling overworked and under-compensated, they’re going to go somewhere else,” Raymond said. “If you want to keep those folks, you have to be proactive.” The University also has a shared governance system, which means each entity on campus — like students, staff and faculty — has a senate body to represent them. One of the audience members asked Raymond how she would be supportive of the shared governance system at the University. Raymond pointed to her previous experience as a faculty senate president. She said she was sup-

portive of shared governance, and she would always appreciate the reminder to include governance in conversations about decisions being made within administration. Another audience member asked Raymond how she would rally members of the University together, considering many have felt unmotivated following the budget cut. Raymond’s answer said part of it involved being able to “recapture joy.” “I think we got to get lit up by what’s happening here, and we have to tell that to people,” Raymond said. “There’s a lot of tremendous things happening here. And we need to recapture the notion there is something unique and special and magnificent about those things.” Raymond is the first of four finalists to present. Interim Provost Carl Lejuez is another finalist for the provost position. The other two finalists’ names have not been announced as of Wednesday. Lejuez’s presentation will be at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Kansas Union’s Big 12 Room.

The University of Kansas announced Carl Lejuez, the current interim provost for the University of Kansas, is a finalist for the provost position Tuesday morning in an email to students, staff and faculty from the Office of the Chancellor. Lejeuz is one of four finalists. Finalists are being announced approximately two days in advance of their official visits to the University. The University announced Margaret Raymond, dean and professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, as a finalist on Oct. 25. Two candidates have yet to be announced. Lejuez took over as interim provost in April 2018, after then-Provost Neeli Bendapudi became the president of the University of Louisville. Before that, Lejuez was the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. During his time in the interim position, Lejuez has been at the helm of developing a new budget model for the University, and helping roll out a $20 million budget cut. Lejuez will be giving a presentation Thursday in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. A reception will follow in the Jayhawk Room of the Kansas Union from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The presentations will be livestreamed. An archived video link will be available at provostsearch.

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that than not doing anything at all,” Heath said. Evans said for students who are or know someone experiencing dating violence, there are 12 different resources at the University and in Lawrence she recommends accessing. These include medical, public safety, counseling and education and prevention resources. Evans said as the CARE coordinator, she is not a mandatory reporter, and can help students

access any of these resources. Students can find help at different organizations in Lawrence, such as the Willow Domestic Violence Center and the Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center. “If you look at interpersonal violence, somebody’s taken away that person’s ability to make choices and so it’s really imperative that they have that agency and that autonomy moving forward,” Evans said. Most importantly, Evans said, students should remove themselves and their own personal views on a situation to help a friend in taking the next steps toward getting out of an unhealthy

relationship. She described this as the “Platinum Standard,” a term recently used by SAPEC. The Platinum Standard is to “treat others how they want to be treated.” “I think people in really difficult conversations have a really hard time just asking the other person how can I help you or what do you need,” Evans said. “So sort of gently removing your thoughts and opinions about the situation.” October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Resources can be found across campus and Lawrence. A list of resources can be found at

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An individual was domestically battered and restrained by a person they had a relationship with on Oct. 27, according to a report filed by campus police Monday morning. The suspect would not let the individual leave a vehicle during an argument, said KU Public Safety Deputy Chief James Anguiano in an email to the Kansan. Both individuals involved are students, he said. The incident occurred at the 1600 block of 15th Street between 9 and 9:20 p.m. on Oct. 27, according to the report. The case is considered criminal restraint, and an investigation is ongoing, Anguiano said.

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