This was the first meeting of the Commission. Items discussed included web page setup and design, communications, the Principal's forthcoming public announcement, identifying groups and individuals to invite to meet, clerical/logistic and other support, and future agenda/discussion items.
The Commission discussed website content, invitees, and a workplan. The Commission will review past student surveys (Health and Wellness, NSSE data and Exit poll) to get a sense of mental-health related questions and responses.
The Commission endorsed doing a student survey and will seek advice from the Mental Health Working Group on content and implementation. The Commission will also seek advice on a faculty and staff survey.
The Commission identified more internal and external experts it will invite to provide input in the coming weeks.
The Commission determined that its meetings are generally open (interested individuals are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to attend), but some sessions may be closed to protect privacy, due to the sensitive nature of the discussion, to maximize the comfort of invited speakers and/or at the Commission's discretion. Town halls will provide the community with opportunities to gather in large numbers to talk about issues relating to mental health and wellness.
The Commission also finalized content for the launch of its website. The website will be updated regularly.