In support of the university’s strategic plan and commitment to inclusiveness, we seek to create a culture of humility in the Division of Student Affairs that strengthens the recruitment and retention of students and staff from marginalized and underrepresented groups, proactively educates and empowers our employees on antiracism, social justice, equity, and inclusion, and fosters an inclusive campus environment where all students feel like they belong and soar.
We will use the following principles to guide our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice:
- Intersectionality grounds our understanding of identity, power, and oppression.
- Humility in thought and action promotes open communication, leaves space for different and new ways of knowing, and inspires creativity and innovation.
- Collaboration across the division and university embeds this work into the fabric of our Eagle community and helps ensure the investment in and sustainability of social justice and inclusion.
- Transparency throughout this process is key for building trust and holding ourselves accountable.
-What Has Already Been Accomplished?
Student Affairs has actively contributed to the university’s strategic plan, including the Diversity Strategic Plan, since the 2018 launch. Our Equity Action Plan provides a clear roadmap for the division, as well as campus and community stakeholders, for how we will continue these efforts over the next two years. Notable accomplishments since 2018 include:
- Created and launched gender inclusive housing in the residence halls. (Fall 2018)
- Created and launched an annual First Year Experience course related to social justice. (Fall 2019)
- Worked with MarCom on the inclusion of a gender pronouns field on the template for university business cards and email signatures. (Fall 2019)
- Revamped the Welcoming Project LGBTQ+ advocate training to include three levels with scaled content delivered in a hybrid format. (Fall 2020)
- Worked with IT to enable the visibility of gender pronouns on Canvas. (Fall 2020)
- Audit of bias in student conduct cases from Fall 2013 to Spring 2020. (Winter 2021)
- Created and launched the UndocuAlly workshop to educate faculty and staff about the experiences of undocumented college students. (Winter 2021)
- Organizational realignments to create the unit for Student Equity, Belonging, and Voice. (Winter 2021)
- Led the development and implementation of the bias response reporting form and response process. (Winter 2021)
- Increased the number of New Student Transitions and Family Programs web pages and parent/family sessions offered in Spanish. (ongoing)