Text of February 19, 2004 letter to Senate from President McCormick acknowledging Report and Resolution on the Status of Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Administrators:

I am pleased to accept the Report and Resolution on the Status of Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Administrators as approved by the University Senate on February 21, 2003. The administration agrees with the Senate on the critical need to increase representation of Hispanic and Latino faculty and administrators at Rutgers.

Please note that a number of steps are being taken to address this issue.

Increasing the number of Hispanic and Latino faculty and administrators remains a priority for Rutgers University, and we will continue to work with HILAR and other organizations to make progress toward this goal. As I asserted in my inaugural address, the quality of a Rutgers education depends directly on the diversity of our university not only among our students but also among our faculty and administration.

Please express to the members of the University Senate and the Equal Opportunity Committee my thanks and admiration for their efforts on this issue of profound importance for Rutgers University.

Sincerely yours,

Richard L. McCormick