SP3.1: Develop Organizational Structure to Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The launch of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), formerly the Affirmative Action Office, established a framework to bring forth a campus climate that firmly supports diversity, equity and inclusiveness. Valerie Hampton, formerly the affirmative action officer, was named the chief diversity officer. As the structure to support diversity, equity and inclusiveness continues to take shape, a part-time diversity specialist has been hired. Goals of the new office include distributing a campus climate survey to faculty, staff and students to assess how various constituent groups are feeling, as well as unifying efforts to celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion under one office by transferring the Multicultural Resource Center into its family.
Goals advanced under this project:
- Enhance diversity of the student population at both undergraduate and graduate level.
- Enhance diversity of the faculty, staff, and administration of the university.
- Provide support services to all students, faculty, and staff with special needs.
- Elevate the culture of diversity and inclusiveness in the campus community.
Indicators of success for these goals are:
- Percentage of divisions and departments that have implemented at least three aspects of their strategies to expand diversity awareness and respect for diversity.
Satisfaction of students, faculty and staff with special needs of the quality and quantity of support services provided as measured by campus surveys.
- Student satisfaction with inclusiveness in academic offerings and settings, as reflected in campus surveys.
- Campus Climate Survey Results.
Milestones completed since last progress report:
- Provided hiring and recruitment process training for faculty searches.
- Rolled out the results of the campus climate survey in April 2015 that will guide program development.
- Secured full time funding to increase FTE of Diversity Specialist.
Last Updated: 9/12/14