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Senate Committees

Academic Affairs

The Academic Affairs Committee is responsible for taking the leading role in gathering the information and building the relationships necessary to make progress on the academic issues of collective interest to TC students. Such issues include course offerings, colloquiums, advisement, degree requirements, and course evaluations, among others. As such, it is the responsibility of the chair and the committee to explore additional opportunities that contribute to the overall Teachers College community through improving the academic climate of the institution.

Institutional Affairs

The Institutional Affairs Committee is designed to address issues concerning the Institution, meaning the internal and external operations of Teachers College. These issues can relate to the building and administrative facilities of the college. Administrative facilities can be defined as the Registrar, Financial Aid, Cafeteria, Library, Residence Halls, and other support functions of the Administration that impact the student experience. Other topics the IA committee may wish to address relate to the safety of the school and its surrounding areas, space for social gatherings, classroom and overall building conditions. As such, it is up to the chair and the committee to find ways to contribute to the overall Teachers College community by improving the operations of the Institution.

Student Life

The Student Life Committee is responsible for taking the leading role in gathering the information and building the relationships necessary to improve Student Life and build community among TC students. As such, the Student Life Committee is responsible for dealing with student life issues of collective student concern, empowering student organizations to create appropriate programming for students, organizing and implementing Senate-sponsored events, and working with the Office of Student Life and other offices as needed.


University Affairs

The University Affairs Committee shall act as the liaison to the University wide community. It is responsible for taking the leading role in representing, gathering and disseminating information, and building relationships necessary to make progress on University wide student concerns. These concerns may include but are not limited to areas of student-life, academic affairs, and facilities. Where student interests are closely related to the interests of other areas in the Senate, the Committee shall forward or work closely with the appropriate committees.


Diversity and Community Affairs

The Diversity and Community Affairs Committee works to promote diversity and inclusion within the TC community. Diversity transcends categories; it is visible and invisible. The committee seeks to make the invisible visible. It will bear witness to the strength of diversity and will have courage. Those who have the privilege of visibility will help. It will empower people to advocate for equity and interrupt the status quo. It wil strive to create solidarity within the TC community.