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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 21, 1987- Page 5

Jackson researches
status of minorities

MSA denies groups' privileges

(Continued from Page 1)
"He has already more than ful-
filled our high expectations," said
John D'Arms, dean of Rackham
Graduate School.
D'Arms, with the help of a fac-
ulty advisory search group, ap-
pointed Jackson as associate dean af-
ter interviewing at least five other
candidates. Jackson, who is on sab-
batical until next fall, will hold the
position for the next four years.
"One of the things that stands out
about Jackson," D'Arms said, "is his
shared conviction of mine that issues
of minority recruitment and retention
are not the responsibility of one
person. All of us care deeply about
this issue."
'He's been such a dyna-
mite leader. He motivates
people to go way beyond
what they thought they
were capable of doing.'
- Gwenise Conklin,
Jackson's associate for
four years
"We are trying to do more for
minorities, trying to address rela-
ionships among minorities and the
najority. Simply throwing funding
it minorities is not the answer,"
idded Jackson.
D'Arms expects Jackson to de-
velop imaginative and bold strategies
c hat will increase minority enroll-
ment in the graduate school, encour-
age minority students to finish their
degrees, and help make their stay
here comfortable. To do so, he must
stay committed and positive.
Jackson's office at ISR is clut-
tered with black bound dissertations,
the gold engraved names reminding
Jackson of the countless students
who chose him as their mentor.
"He was the main reason I stayed
at the University," said Harold
Neighbors, who received his Ph.D.
in Social Psychology in 1982 with
Jackson as his dissertation advisor.
"At one point, I was going to
drop out before I finished. Getting
involved in his program convinced
me =to get my degree," said Neigh-
bors, who is presently an assistant
professor in the School of Public
Neighbors described Jackson as a
father figure, saying, "All the
dissertations prove the kind of im-
pact he's had on both minorities and
Robert Taylor, an assistant pro-
fessor of Social Work at Boston
College, praised Jackson's commit-
ment to students. As a graduate stu-
dent in Social Work and Sociology
at the University in 1978, Taylor
yearned to become involved in a so-
cial research project.
"Being a Black student, I couldn't
find anyone to work with. I asked
professors, but I couldn't find a
When Taylor heard about the re-
search Jackson was doing at ISR, he
was anxious to become a part of the

program and did beginning in the
summer of '78.
"I have had three major grants
funded. Without working with
(Jackson), I wouldn't have had the
expertise to earn those fundings,"
Taylor said. Taylor has a chapter
coming out in the book Jackson is
finishing on sabbatical which will
probably be titled, "Three Generation
Black Families."
Neighbors and Taylor both
worked as GRSA's (Graduate Re-
search Student Assistants) on Jack-
son's pioneering research project -
the National Survey of Black
Americans, a first of its kind. The
study analyzed the effects of minor-
ity status on minority individuals.
Hundreds of people from every
state were interviewed for the study,
and a team comprised of 30
GRSA's, full-staffers, and Ph.D's
worked 50 to 60 hours a weekrana-
lyzing the data, sometimes working
all night on the project.
George Jones, former associate
dean ofgRackham, said, "The suc-
cessful design of the kinds of re-
search projects Jackson has headed
speaks of his talents as an adminis-
trator. He is tough-minded, decisive,
and well organized."
With his sleeves rolled up after
typing at the computer, his lavendar
tie with the tiny Dior emblem loos-
ened, Jackson smiles as he searches
for the words to describe the turbu-
lent 60s that influenced his under-
graduate career.
He described himself as slightly
active in the civil rightsmovement,
his role limited by the full-time job
he took to get through school. He
recalls the day that he escorted Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. around Michigan
State's campus in 1965 as president
of the same fraternity to which Mar-
tin Luther King once belonged.
Jackson's concern for helping
others has not gone unnoticed. Eliz-
abeth Douvan, professor of
Psychology and Women's Studies,
said, "Jackson is a very generous and
giving person. He is always eager to
include others about the ideas in his
field as he is very inclusive in
knowledge and brilliance."
Jackson's associates who remem-
ber him as chair of the Social Psy-
chology department from 1980-86
describe him often hurrying down
the hall, but never being too busy to
flash a smile or crack a joke.
Jackson is just as committed to
his personal life. For four years, be-
ginning in 1972, Jackson spent ev-
ery other weekend driving 400 miles
to visit the woman who became his
wife after she assumed a professor-
ship at this University.
He firmly believes in sharing
family responsibility with his wife.
The couple takes turns caring for
their two daughters - ages three and
five - in the mornings and
Jackson started his undergraduate
work at Michigan State in engineer-
ing, but didn't like the paucity of
personal contact.
He received a masters degree from
the University of Toledo and a Ph.D.
in Social Psychology from Wayne

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"I see nothing to be gained - in
fact it would be highly
counterproductive - to now go back
and punish those organizations," he
Denying the groups meeting
space, office space, and other
privileges granted to student
organizations by the assembly would
be "highly counterproductive" and
"most unfortunate," Vest said.
The resolution also called for
University President Harold Shapiro
to create a task force to investigate
the incident and subsequent action of
the College of Engineering.
It also called for members of the
three engineering groups - the
American Society of Mechanical
Engineers, the Society of
Automotive Engineers, and Pi Tau
Sigma, a mechanical engineering
honor society - to attend

workshops on racism and perform
community service to be selected by
campus anti-racist groups and the
Much of the debate centered
around whether racism was intended
in the road rally.
"It was not an organized racist
event, as people were led to believe,"
said Robert Larson, a past president
of Pi Tau Sigma and an organizer of
the event.
Current president Brian Stoyer
echoed Larson's comments. "The
organization had no intent to harm
anybody; I am very confident of
that," he said.
The assembly members who
favored not recognizing the groups,
as well as members of the United
Coalition Against Racism and the
Free South Africa Coordinating
Committee who packed the
assembly chambers, said the events

were indeed racist, regardless of
One UCAR member called the
road rally a symptom of "deep-seeded
Assembly Minority Affairs Chair
Lannis Hall made an impassioned
plea for the assembly to pass the
resolution. "How long will it be
acceptable for people to apologize
for racist acts?" she asked. "How
long will it be acceptable for people
to cushion themselves inthe excuse
of ignorance."
Hall advocated punishing these
groups by denying them recognition,;
rather than merely educating the
groups on racism and its problems.
Under the resolution, the three
groups' performance of this
community service must be
evaluated by the assembly before the
groups can be re-recognized.

... opposes Engineering group.

Many fear 'U' policy will attract military research

(Continued from Page 1)
basic tenet of academic freedom -
that researchers can research and re-
port whatever they want. "The real
question is where do you strike the
balance when those two come into
contact," Roach said.
In opposition to the new policy,
members of the Ann Arbor commu-
nity, area clergy, University students
and faculty lobbied and petitioned
against its adoption. When the pol-
icy was passed last April, they
formed the University Weapons Re-
search Monitoring Group, an

unofficial research screening coali-
The monitoring group is in the
process of contacting faculty mem-
bers with technical experience in
fields related to weapons research,
such as physics, engineering, chem-
istry, pharmacy and biology.
The panel will sort out all re-
search funded by the defense depart-
ment and separate potential weapons
research from other types of military
research. The panel will then request
more specific information from the
DRDA - who publishes lists of

research projects - and the re-
searcher to determine its applicabil-
ity to weapons research.
If a proposal is identified as
weapons research, the group will
publicize the information across the
University community. Panelmem-
ber and Physics Prof. Daniel Axelrod
said the ultimate goals of the
screening process would be to cause
the regents to reconsider their deci-
sion to adopt the new policy and de-
ter researchers from participating in
weapons research.
The group held its first meeting

of the year last week and is currently
in the process of reviewing about 20
proposals funded by the defense de-
partment that may be related the,
Strategic Defense Initiative and
chemical weapons research, spokes-
person Tobi Hannah-Davies said.
"I suspect that many faculty are
put into a difficult position that the
kind of research they want to do is
no longer funded by anybody but the
military," Hannah-Davies added. One
of the group's goals is to inform re-
searchers of alternative sources of

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