Goal 4: Equity and Diversity

Balance scale iconLeads: Renny Christopher, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Nancy Youlden, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment, and Lynn Valenter, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations

Promote an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to inclusion, equity and diversity.

Objectives

Lead: Campus Director of Equity and Diversity

Ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes for all student populations, including equal retention and graduation rates across demographic groups.

Infuse equity-mindedness throughout the fabric of the campus structure and create capacity to work toward equity in all aspects of campus endeavors.

Build and maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all students and employees.

Strategies

Closing the gap

  1. Assess equity of outcomes across race, gender, income, accomodation needs and other demographics.
    Lead: Elias Cohen, Research Specialist for Campus Effectiveness
  2. Identify and obtain grant funding to increase capacity for campus-led college access programs for underrepresented students in our region.
    Lead: Campus Director of Equity and Diversity
  3. Partner with culturally specific organizations to increase access and understand needs of underrepresented students.
    Lead: Campus Director of Equity and Diversity, and Director of Student Diversity

Increased capacity for institutional change

  1. Create a cabinet-level leadership position to implement and integrate equity and diversity goals.
    Lead: Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor
  2. Provide ongoing professional developent related to equity and diversity.
    Lead: Campus Director of Equity and Diversity
  3. Integrate equity and diversity values in campus-wide activities.
    Lead: Campus Director of Equity and Diversity

Climate

  1. Develop and support initiatives that promote dialogue around climate, equity and diversity issues.
    Lead: Campus Director of Equity and Diversity
  2. Create a cultural competency committee to ensure quality and effectiveness of mandatory cultural competency training held on campus.
    Lead: Campus Director of Equity and Diversity
  3. Implement campus supports to improve retention of underrepresented facutly and staff.
    Lead: Campus Director of Equity and Diversity

Next: Goal 5: Community