Goal 4: Equity and Diversity

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

Lead: Obie Ford III, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Objectives

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, accommodation needs and other demographics.
  2. Identify and obtain grant funding to increase capacity for campus-led college access programs for underrepresented students in our region.
  3. Partner with culturally specific organizations to increase access and understand needs of underrepresented students.

Increased capacity for institutional change

  1. Create a cabinet-level leadership position to implement and integrate equity and diversity goals.
  2. Provide ongoing professional development related to equity and diversity.
  3. Integrate equity and diversity values in campus-wide activities.

Climate

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

Next: Goal 5: Community