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Dear Campus Community,
As another academic year gets underway, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update to the campus community of our ongoing efforts advancing the Diversity Framework.
The Diversity Framework Implementation Document that I have shared with the community last spring, Affecting R.E.E.L. Change for Diversity & Inclusion, outlines 18 major initiatives that will guide our activities for the next decade. Although many of these initiatives are already moving forward, it is our intention to emphasize two initiatives per year. I'm happy to announce that Chancellor Blank and Provost Mangelsdorf have already approved supporting initiative 1: a campus-wide climate survey to better understand our strengths and opportunity areas regarding diversity and inclusion; and initiative 8: the Diversity Inventory Project (DIP) that will help us institutionally gain a better sense of what our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion looks like in terms of resources, staff and research. The work to undertake those initiatives is now underway and the impacts that these initiatives are expected to have on our campus includes:
- Greater access to knowledge of promising practices that lead to culturally competent decision-making processes and increased retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students.
- Improved communications about diversity through clear and consistent messaging.
I am excited to have the opportunity to possibly work with each and every one of you during the upcoming academic year in our efforts to improve campus climate and enhance support for diversity and inclusion. As always, I continue to welcome any thoughts or questions that you may have about this process.
Patrick J. Sims
Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer
Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement