Greetings everyone! The NACUFS leadership has returned from our six regional conferences where we listened to members throughout the country. Let me first thank these host schools for all their hard work creating unique regional conferences for all of our members:
Providence Rhode Island School of Design
Johnson and Wales University
Rhode Island University
North Carolina State University
University of California- Santa Cruz
San Jose State University
University of Montana
University of Nebraska
Having hosted a regional conference in the past, I understand the work entailed but also the team building that occurs when a university staff steps up to deliver a fantastic conference. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to NACUFS.
At each regional conference we participated in town hall meetings to bring members up to date on the governance and bylaws process. We recognized the hard work accomplished in the past year and a half by over 30 volunteers with over 400 years of involvement in NACUFS. These volunteers designed a new governance model that will ensure that NACUFS is strong and able to deliver on our mission of excellence in collegiate dining for years to come.
To quickly recap the process, last year we embarked on a journey to honor our past while building for the future. We unveiled a proposed governance model at the national conference that would modernize NACUFS and allow us to deliver strong membership services including strong regions. We deliberately rolled out a model to have a conversation with the membership. Many changes were made to the proposed governance model based on member input throughout the year, primarily in the areas of member voice, nomenclature, leadership, and roles and responsibilities.
The board of directors approved the bylaws for member consideration in January. But we continued listening to members during our regional conferences. At its April board meeting, the board of directors made final changes to address questions raised by members, to continue to create clarity and to ensure that the final set of bylaws we present to the voting delegates are sound. The board of directors approved these final changes and now presents to you bylaws which will be voted on at the July 24 General Membership Assembly.
Furthermore, to continue educating members and gaining member input we developed a microsite, meatandpotatoes.info, to provide members complete details. Under Resources, you’ll find frequently asked questions, the final version of the revised bylaws, a webinar, a Powerpoint and a video. Under Voices, you’ll find board testimonials in support of the proposed bylaws. Under Contact, you can email us additional input. On the home page of meatandpotatoes.info you can complete the survey and respond to the question “Do you support the proposed NACUFS bylaws changes?” Please visit the site in preparation for the general membership assembly.
This has been a long journey. As your President, I am voting ‘yes’ on the bylaws changes because I believe they will enable us to build an even stronger NACUFS focused on creating value for our members for the next 50 years. Thank you for allowing me to lead NACUFS this year.
Last week the NACUFS Board of Directors reaffirmed our commitment to diversity and inclusivity following passage of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In addition, we promised that we would take additional action steps in support of our diversity and inclusivity policy, continue listening to our members and evaluate the pros and cons of holding conference in Indianapolis this July.
The NACUFS Board of Directors met this morning. We reviewed the amendment language and list of states that have removed travel bans, discussed member feedback, and evaluated the impact on our institutional and industry members as well as the financial impact on NACUFS of cancelling or relocating the conference. Following discussion, the Board voted to move forward with plans to hold our national conference in Indianapolis, July 22-25, 2015. We invite you to join us this July in the city of Indianapolis which has a longstanding Human Rights Ordinance which protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The key difference in the amended RFRA is legislative language added directly into the law which states that “providers,” which includes individuals and businesses, cannot “refuse to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accommodations, goods, employment or housing to any member or members of the general public on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or United States military service.”
The states of Washington, New York, and Connecticut, which had previously banned state-sponsored travel to Indiana, have lifted their travel bans in response to the amended law.
The ACLU of Indiana supports the amended RFRA. The American Unity Fund (AUF), a national LGBT rights organization based in Washington, D.C., states that “Indiana’s RFRA now has clearer protections for civil rights than the federal RFRA or any of the other 30+ states with RFRA laws or comparable judicial direction in their state constitutions.”
The NCAA and other major associations, convention groups and trade shows which had reported concerns about the state’s original RFRA have communicated they are satisfied with the amended law’s protections against discrimination.
In accordance with our policy and values, NACUFS will continue to welcome all our members and denounce discrimination. Please continue to support NACUFS value of inclusivity by attending the Indianapolis conference. Thank you to everyone who communicated with us on this issue.
The National Association for College and University Food Services (NACUFS) recognizes that the March 26th signing of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA SB 101) into law by the governor of Indiana is of utmost concern to our members and the larger community.
Although SB 101 is modeled after the Federal RFRA law signed in 1993 by President Clinton, the Indiana law, as passed, goes much further, and opens the door to potential discrimination of members in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the name of religious freedom.
Moreover, yesterday Indiana passed an amendment to “fix” the law. The effect of this amendment is to maintain LGBT protections in communities, including Indianapolis, that have local anti-discrimination ordinances protecting sexual orientation and gender identity.
NACUFS’ mission is to support and promote excellence in collegiate dining. Our core values include integrity, inclusiveness, continuous improvement, critical thinking and responsiveness.
In keeping with our core values, NACUFS recognizes the diversity of our member education institutions, their employees and students and our industry members. We recognize, respect and value that diversity. NACUFS supports inclusivity of all people in our community. NACUFS maintains that inclusion and diversity helps build high performing organizations where people feel respected, engaged and valued for who they are and what they contribute.
NACUFS denounces any kind of discrimination and is committed to celebrating individual differences, practicing inclusion and treating people with fairness and dignity. NACUFS will endeavor to work with people and organizations who share our core values.
To read our diversity and inclusivity policy, click here.
What actions has NACUFS taken?
This week, NACUFS worked closely with the City of Indianapolis, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce to communicate our position and our members’ concerns about the legislation and its potential for permitting discrimination. We are working with sister organizations in higher education associations who have also contracted with Indianapolis, to articulate a strong stand.
We are actively listening to our members and engaging them in this issue, both for the near-term and future. We are similarly listening to our industry members who actively support and partner with us.
The Board of Directors held an emergency conference call to reaffirm our commitment to diversity and inclusivity.
Conference 2015 in Indianapolis
The Board of Directors is monitoring the situation closely, fact-finding, and listening to our members to continue evaluating all of our options and their consequences, knowing that the strong concerns of our members illustrate that this is a critical issue for our industry.
We are taking a thoughtful, disciplined approach to an extremely complex issue that is not unique to Indiana, and affects the entire country.
What’s next? NACUFS will:
Zia Ahmed, NACUFS President
The International Foodservice Manufacturer’s Association has announced the seven Silver Plate winners for 2015. Among them is NACUFS member, Nona Golledge, director of dining services at the University of Kansas.
Golledge currently oversees 22 operations plus catering, athletic training table, and grab-and-go production at KU. She is in charge of 160 full-time employees and more than 400 student employees. She is also charged with developing a strategic plan, marketing plan, sustainability plan, and education programs for her staff to carry out. Under her, more than 10,000 meals are served daily at the University of Kansas.
In addition to her work at the University of Kansas, Golledge has had many accomplishments with NACUFS. She served as the association’s president from 2011-2012, and during that time, she led the search for the NACUFS executive director; the third full-time director in the association’s 55-year history. She has served on an array of committees including the national finance committee, the strategic planning committee, and the benchmarking survey faculty team. In addition to these committees, Golledge has also served as a coach and mentor for the Foodservice Management Institute.
“The KU Dining team and I are truly honored by this recognition,” said Golledge. The leadership team is one of the best in the nation. They have accomplished so much over the years to bring KU Dining to the next level and beyond. They embrace the can-do spirit that makes it possible for our organization to stay innovative in the collegiate dining sector.”
From the Silver Plate winners, one will be selected by a jury to receive the foodservice industry’s most prestigious award, IFMA’s 2015 Gold Plate Award. This award is presented at the 61st Annual Gold & Silver Plate Celebration taking place in Chicago, Ill. on March 18.
The board of directors has approved moving forward with a vote by the association membership on the proposed new governance model. This vote will take place at the General Membership Assembly on July 24, 2015.
When proposed changes are significant, it is recommended that an organization’s current bylaws be replaced with a completely rewritten version, rather than amending the current version line by line. This process is referred to as a “revision” of the bylaws. A revision is recommended for changing NACUFS’ bylaws to support the proposed governance model coming before the membership this July.
The Bylaws Committee worked closely with NACUFS’ legal counsel prior to presenting this revised set of bylaws to the board of directors, and subsequently to you.