I just got word that my department chair and I have been put on the agenda to meet with the Provost’s council THIS FRIDAY to talk about our privacy concerns around edtech, vendor agreements, and how info can be disseminated to faculty and students about making decisions with privacy in mind. It is kind of a big deal, as this body as the power to create a group charged with overseeing this work as a campus-wide effort.
Our goal is to suggest to the provost council that we need an official institutional statement regarding our pledge to protect the data of students, faculty, and staff (different from security) and guidelines for faculty when choosing free edtech to use in their classrooms. (which we can then leverage in the library when negotiating with library vendors). Lastly, we’d like to inquire about/suggest privacy audits for the library and the university at large.
Does anyone here have experience talking to high level decision makers about this sort of thing?? Any tips? Any talking points you think I should remember? Or just encouragement lol there will be so many people in suits there haha
Thanks so much!