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Improving the working environment for our black and brown colleagues

  • This work group will develop the priorities for this area.
  • Provide listing of Affinity spaces and develop others as needed.
  • Mechanisms for check-ins during periods of potential triggering events/trauma based on global, national and local issues. (How to check-in)
  • Develop intentional retention and support systems for black and brown colleagues.
  • Reporting Form for issues of discrimination/microaggressions, etc. (CDI/EOS/HR)
  • Celebrate community events that have impact on groups in the division, with education around the historical significance.
  • Members:
    • Kim Burkes
    • Anneliese Bustillo
    • Norma Lara-Cisneros
    • Michael Crook
    • Krista Huff
    • Kimberley Monroe
    • Norma Ngo
    • Ayodele Ogunye
    • John Shiflet
    • Andrea Trevino

D&I Infrastructure for the Division

  • Develop common language and talking points around the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as what the division is doing to support these values; work towards greater articulation of the “why” behind the importance of diversity and inclusion work. (Pair with Training Work Group)
  • Develop an organizational structure and budget to continue to broaden the work of diversity and inclusion for division staff.
  • Explore the creation of a DSAES-wide multi-year plan for diversity, equity and inclusion Similar to the DSAES Strategic Plan, it is suggested the Division consider a series of long-term goals around diversity and inclusion, and what needs to be done to accomplish individual and collective goals.
  • Design and distribute a follow-up survey for staff and Graduate/Instruction/Research Assistants to gather additional information related to identities within the Division and ways the Division can support these varying identities. (to include visible and invisible identities) (Climate Survey)
  • Members:
    • Varselles Cummings
    • Sarah Flores
    • Otis Johnson
    • Keith T. Kowalka
    • Patrick Lukingbeal
    • Kimberley Monroe
    • Joey Ratcliff
    • Lorraina Schroeder

D&I Training, Education and Orientation for New DSAES Staff

  • Develop common language and talking points around the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as what the division is doing to support these values; work towards greater articulation of the “why” behind the importance of diversity and inclusion work. (Pair with Infrastructure Group)
  • Mechanisms for check-ins during periods of potential triggering events/trauma based on global, national and local issues. (How to check-in)
  • Develop and implement a bias training for search committee chairs and members, as well as task forces and workgroups of the division. Chair certification training
  • Create a consistency plan/guideline for the DSAES hiring process with special attention to bias trainings, accommodation offerings (e.g. breaks for breastfeeding mothers, golf cart transportation for candidates with physical disabilities, back-up plans if technology is inaccessible), appropriate ways to determine D&I competencies of all candidates, and how to recruit from diverse populations (e.g. affinity group list servs).
  • In partnership with the Professional Development Committee’s New Staff Orientation, create ongoing Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) sessions for new staff joining the DSAES community within their first six months of employment.
  • Expand diversity and inclusion education (programs, workshops, webinars, etc.) for DSAES staff. Provide listings of available DEISJ training.
  • Members:
    • Anneliese Bustillo
    • Michael Crook
    • Chandra Gonzalez
    • Keith T. Kowalka
    • Ken McBride
    • Javon Miller
    • Andrea Mitchen
    • John Shiflet
    • Monica Thompson

Communication, Inclusion and Outreach

  • Highlight the university’s diversity statement on the DSAES website.
  • Provide listing of Affinity spaces and develop others as needed.
  • To ensure D&I is a priority for the Division, develop an online tool kit on the DSAES website that includes training modules, case studies and other educational content that may be used for department staff meetings, retreats and student training experiences.
  • Create a Diversity and Inclusion Champion program. Departments will create a liaison that will connect to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to bring opportunities and education back from the work of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
  • Navigation improvements to the Division website would enhance the Division’s value of Diversity and Inclusion, and the programs we offer in this area; Develop a division-wide calendar of Diversity and Inclusion education, including future opportunities from the DSAES Diversity and Inclusion Committee, as well as other diversity-related departments within the division to increase staff awareness and involvement in opportunities.
  • With the MarCom Committee and/or the DSAES Director of Communications, conduct an annual photo shoot to increase the pool of diverse images in order to enhance accurate representation of our student body.
  • Division messages having “open for dialogue” to move conversations forward and not set
  • Celebrate community events that have impact on groups in the division, with education around the historical significance.
  • Members:
    • Ashlynd Bunce
    • Norma Lara-Cisneros
    • Sarah Flores
    • Krista Huff
    • Keith T. Kowalka
    • Ken McBride
    • Antonio Pee
    • Tamera Nevels