Welcome to the Academic Senate

The Academic Senate of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is hereby constituted to give the University's governing faculty an effective voice in academic policies and in the oversight of their execution in order to advance research in medicine and allied sciences, to train successive generations of leaders in those fields, and to protect and enhance the wellbeing of people living in underserved communities of Los Angeles and of the world.

The Senate is a federation of the governing faculties of the University's colleges. Everyone who holds a regular-series Academic or Career Academic faculty appointment in one of the colleges (as Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor) is a member of the Senate once their appointment has been duly approved by the Appointments and Promotions Committee of their college or of the university. (See Bylaws for more details)

Message from the President

David MartinsDavid Martins, MD, MS

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the faculty members who considered me fit for nomination for the presidency of the Academic Senate of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). I am indeed humbled by this nomination, but stand ready to embrace the challenges that will come if I am elected as the president.

CDU has weathered many deadly storms in its 50 years of existence with its devoted and dedicated staff and faculty. I have witnessed changes on the CDU campus in my two-decade affiliation with the institution. I believe strongly that the university's leadership and faculty are stronger now more than any time in the recent past and have the capacity to put the institution back on its mission track and growth trajectory.

As the president of the Academic Senate I will honor the mission for which some in the community paid the ultimate price. I will work with the university administration to motivate and incentivize the faculty to move the university up to its proper place in the league of American universities. I will foster and facilitate collaboration and collegiality between the university administration and faculty by promoting a culture of transparency, responsiveness, accountability, commitment, truthfulness, integrity, openness, and nondiscrimination.

As a faculty leader, I will support a strong and sensitive leadership across the schools and colleges of Charles R. Drew University, but I will not hesitate to confront bullies, strengthen wimps, and chastise cowards in whatever place and positions I encounter them. My sincere hope and dream is that no faculty would have to be left behind in this noble endeavor to take this university to the next level. Thank you and May God bless and keep us all.

Policies & Procedures Approved by the Academic Senate

CDU Senate Response to Evolving Changes in U.S. Administration Policies

Academic Senate

March 28, 2017

Dear Community:

Like many of you, we, the faculty at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, have followed the recent actions by the Trump administration. Divisive tactics and anti-intellectual rhetoric have led to executive orders against historically disadvantaged communities that threaten our domestic and international affairs, placing our dear country and its residents in danger.

Considering the travel ban, gag orders on federal agencies, budget cuts on community-serving national departments and agencies, increase in deportations, limiting access to online information via the White House website, and the most current attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, it is clear that the current administration stands against all American values of freedom, inclusion, and diversity. Many foreign nationals come to the United States in order to obtain degrees, to teach, to conduct research, and to participate in the free exchange of ideas. As a result, the educational community is uniquely affected by these decisions.

As an institution founded out of both a demand and a need to correct racial/ethnic injustices, we stand in solidarity with those affected and those advocating for civil rights. The faculty, staff, and students of CDU have origins in countries throughout the world, including countries directly affected by the travel ban and the extended hate crimes resulting from the multiple executive orders. Our research at CDU engages advocacy and social justice pedagogy in order to inform wellness and equity, rather than inhibit progress. Our teaching methodologies demand access to opportunities for historically disadvantaged communities and train our students to be advocates in improving community wellness. We recognize the invaluable contributions to our community by all of our students and colleagues in furthering our efforts to address racial/ethnic disparities in health and education in the United States rooted in a social justice framework. It is only through diversity that American values are achieved.

CDU is continually enriched by the diversity within our ranks and as CDU faculty we affirm our commitment to resist any efforts that would threaten this diversity. We ask and expect members of the CDU community to seek out ways to continue to embrace that diversity.

"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty"

Our civil rights and national security are threatened by executive orders and anti-intellectual rhetoric rooted in discriminatory practices favoring a few over the masses. We arrive at a critical moment in our nation's history to demand solidarity and unite across all of our differences as a people. We will ensure to continue our commitment to scholarship that contributes to the advancement of science, invites critical consciousness, and welcomes diversity with community wellbeing at the forefront, while challenging rhetoric that oppose, challenge, and inhibit wellness for all.

Finally, we also reaffirm all of our codes of conduct, which prohibit mistreatment and harassment based on race/ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status, and/or religion. We welcome additional suggestions regarding how to reinforce the CDU CLEDIC values in response to all Executive Order rooted in discriminatory and divisive rhetoric. Meanwhile, "Know Your Rights" workshops are available across the city and we suggest our CDU community becomes informed of the issues impacting their wellbeing.


David Martins, MD, MS
President, CDU Academic Senate
Chair, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
Email: davidmartins@cdrewu.edu
Phone: (323) 568-3353

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