Diversity Inclusion

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Preamble: We strive to have an inclusive environment where diversity is valued broadly. We appreciate the ability of every person to contribute to our diversity of thought. We remain committed to improving the proportionate representation of groups that have historically suffered underrepresentation and seek to close the racial educational achievement gaps. Our rich multicultural experiences enable us to develop exportable programs and curricula, which provide leadership in a multicultural society.

Goal 1: Leverage Our Diversity to Create a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Where Every Group and Individual Feels Valued

We seek to create an inclusive environment that values and embraces the diversity of all its members. In this, we recognize the importance of: (1) recruiting and retaining students, faculty, and staff from diverse underrepresented groups;(2) celebrating the university's many diverse populations (e.g., racial, ethnic, gender, LGBT, people with disabilities, international, and veterans); (3) promoting cultural awareness and understanding; and (4) sharing our challenges and successes with the university and wider community.

Objectives

  • Celebrate and increase the understanding and appreciation of diversity and inclusion
  • Design and implement recruitment strategies that result in increased numbers of qualified and diverse underrepresented students, faculty, and staff
  • Create new and enhanced current pipelines designed to increase the recruitment of diverse underrepresented students and faculty
  • Support the enhancement or establishment of structures, events, and activities designed to promote greater multicultural and intercultural awareness, interactions, and understanding

Goal 2: Implement and Enhance Academic Programs Focused on Cultural, Language,  and Global Competencies

It is imperative that students be prepared to live in a multicultural world. We aim to leverage our diversity and commit to create academic programs that encourage multicultural and intercultural understanding, promote scholarly dialogues on diversity and inclusion, and create proven exportable models that advance diversity and inclusion.

Objectives

  • Develop and enhance programs focused on understanding multiculturalism and building diversity and inclusion competencies and expertise
  • Develop and enhance programs focused on building an understanding of global cultures (such as study abroad)
  • Enhance the university's programs focused around multicultural populations and languages so that they are nationally recognized
  • Develop programs and executive education enabling students, faculty, and industry to build global relationships and expertise
  • Create curricula and programs focused on multicultural and intercultural leadership
  • Establish the Office of Multicultural Student Success within the newly created Office of Diversity and Inclusion as a resource for gaining guidance in instilling diversity, inclusion competencies, and expertise
  • Enhance the visibility of centers and programs (e.g., the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and Social Justice) in their efforts to stimulate a scholarly dialogue