The Minority Faculty Association

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The Minority Faculty Association

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JonesL_01_20140115-Final_Clip03

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1-15-2014

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The Making Cancer History® Voices Oral History Collection, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Houston, Texas

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Tacey Ann Rosolowski, PhD

And I wanted to ask you—I mean, I want to ask you about all of those initiatives, but why don’t we start with the Committee, that I believe you co-founded with Dr. Buzdar, for Minority Faculty and Administrators.

Lovell Jones, PhD

Actually, it was started with Kenji Nishioka [phonetic].

Tacey Ann Rosolowski, PhD

Oh, okay.

Lovell Jones, PhD

We approached Aman as the clinical person, but I had been a part of the Minority Faculty Association that started for the entire Medical Center.

Tacey Ann Rosolowski, PhD

When was that started? I mean, was that existing? Did that exist when you arrived on campus?

Lovell Jones, PhD

Oh, no. Late eighties.

Tacey Ann Rosolowski, PhD

Were you involved in the founding of that organization?

Lovell Jones, PhD

Yeah, was one of the founding members, actually served as its chair three times. People joke and said not a lot of people want to stand up and be a target for the arrows. But there hadn’t been anything here, and the Minority Faculty Organization, there were people here afraid to join it.

Tacey Ann Rosolowski, PhD

Really?

Lovell Jones, PhD

Mm-hmm.

Tacey Ann Rosolowski, PhD

Why was that? I mean, it may seem obvious, but really I—

Lovell Jones, PhD

Negative, I guess, blowback, because the Minority Faculty Association actually pushed for the first survey of women and minorities in terms of faculty, in terms of salary equity, and brought it to the Board of Regents and a lot of other people, and led to a lot of changes in faculty salary levels, and that was not something that the administrations were very happy with, either over at the Health Science Center or here.

And there were things here that will needed to be done, and so I figured if we could get a Minority Faculty and Administrators Committee set up here, then it would give some umbrella or them to join the larger organization. So I went around and actually got signatures from a large group of the minority faculty and submitted it to the administration and said, “We need to have this.”

Tacey Ann Rosolowski, PhD

Now, in terms of minority faculty and administrators, was there pretty universal agreement that something was needed but people were afraid, or was there controversy?

Lovell Jones, PhD

No, I think it was pretty much agreed that it was needed, but there was controversy about joining it, in that it’d be quite visible. So what we did was—and I forgot, it may have been Aman, but we had three co-chairs, one from the administration, one from the clinical side, and the basic science side. I was the [unclear] from the basic science side.

Ultimately, that effort, when the Office for Institutional Diversity came into existence, that committee rotated under that office, and then it got changed to—what is it now—Multicultural Affairs or something. That’s the group that meets, but it’s interesting that they have no idea of the history of how that got started.

The Minority Faculty Association

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