In my email came the following. We will ignore bad grammar. We will ignore irritating buzzwords ("stakeholder"). We will chortle at the ignorance of this assignment:
Dear Focus Group: You are invited to this Focus Group on behalf of Strategic Leadership Associates, Inc. and the College of Graduate Studies as an important part of the strategic planning process. As a key stakeholder, you represent a very important constituent of the College of Graduate Studies and your views regarding its current and future services are very important to the planning process.
Below, I have listed the logistics of the Focus Group you will be part of:
FOCUS GROUP: Graduate Students DATE: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 TIME: 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.
Your views will be used to help us as we develop a 5-year strategic plan. Please deliver me ( firstname.lastname@example.org )an RSVP so that space can be accommodated for.
I have been quite outspoken at my new almost-MRU that we are training too many grad students. That we aren't supporting the ones we have well enough. That saying "well my students get postdocs" is not a sufficient answer. I have been (gently, politely) requested to keep these objections to the appropriate venues and not bring them up at every discussions I think relevant. I am fairly sure that the organizer of this endeavor is unaware of my, shall we say, proclivities?
I do see this as a clarion call for a discussion.