The Drexel University Policy Council ("Council") is established to provide a voice for Drexel University community members, including students, faculty and professional staff, in creating Official University Policies ("Policies" or "Policy"). The Council supports shared governance; facilitates the review, recommendations and maintenance of Policies; assists in making Policies accessible to all members of the University community; helps ensure an efficient and transparent policy development and compliance process through a more open review; and fosters collaboration by engaging stakeholders across the University community.
Policy Council Charge
The Policy Council helps the Director of Policy Compliance ensure that all Official University Policies align with the University's mission and vision. The Council shall be charged with the following:
- Reviewing Official University Policies that are new or materially change existing policy ("Proposed Policy"), and are up for triennial review and/or retirement.
- Applying an equity lens to the review of Proposed Policy by intentionally analyzing the potential impact of policy design and implementation on underserved and marginalized individuals and groups, and working to identify and eliminate barriers Proposed Polices may impose on those groups.
- Increasing engagement and accountability in policy development across the University through management of the University's Stakeholder Engagement Process (as described in Official University Policies, DU-01) and partnership with University stakeholders.
- Leading communication efforts to ensure all University constituents are given the opportunity to review Proposed Policies and provide feedback through a public comment period. The Council will collect this feedback and provide recommendations to the unit responsible for implementation and oversight of the Proposed Policy ("Sponsoring Unit").
- Ensuring that the Sponsoring Unit has an effective communication plan in place to make constituents aware of Proposed Policies.
- Providing tools and other guidance to members of the University community to help them in performing their roles in policy development and compliance, and to encourage precision, clarity and a user-friendly approach in Official University Policies.
Policy Council Membership
The Policy Council is comprised of nine to 15 representatives, including up to five representatives each from Drexel University's student body, faculty and professional staff. The Council is a diverse and inclusive group and that includes Drexel community members who, among other considerations, identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, as well as members of similarly underrepresented groups. Policy Council members receive training on Drexel's Policy management and compliance process.
The current members of Policy Council are:
- Evangelia Chrysikou, Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences
- Lindsay Shea, Faculty, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
- Tasha Martin-Peters, Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Professions
- Betsy Ann Bozzarello, Professional Staff, College of Arts and Sciences
- Cerys St. John Richter, Professional Staff, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
- Danielle Kane, Professional Staff, College of Medicine
- Giuseppe Salomone, Professional Staff, Office of the University Registrar
- Jason Gersh, Professional Staff, Office of the Provost
- Abby Tzinberg, Student, Goodwin College of Professional Studies
- Esta Jacobs, Student, LeBow College of Business
Eligibility, Nomination and Selection for Membership
Drexel University students, faculty and professional staff with an interest in University Policy and the review and impact of University Policy are eligible to serve on the Policy Council.
Members are selected through an open nomination process in which Drexel community members are invited to nominate themselves or another individual. For the inaugural Policy Council, a panel consisting of chairs or designees of the University Advisory Committee on Policy Process and Standardization, Institutional Effectiveness Committee on Policies, and the Anti-Racism Task Force reviewed the nominees and selected the members.
For questions regarding the Drexel University Policy Council, please contact the Director of Policy Compliance at: email@example.com.