UNI is a diverse, respectful, and inclusive work and learning environment that prepares the university community for an evolving world. Diversity and equity are embedded in the fabric of our community. We will routinely reflect on our own beliefs and eliminate practices that discriminate against, degrade, or diminish groups or individuals based on the group members’ innate characteristics. Diversity is a necessary foundation for inclusion, and that inclusive excellence provides a learning environment for our students and our community that prepares us for a dynamic, interconnected world.
Increase the diversity of faculty and staff members in the college
Develop recruitment pipelines by presence at conferences, scouting, recruiting, etc.
Identify focus institutions, professional societies, and professional groups focused on increasing diversity in the field .
Build relationships with minority institutions and access their communication networks.
Create a search process that is open and inviting to diverse candidates with the goal of increasing diverse candidates in the finalist pools (ideally 25%):
Identify diversity-focused career publications, list serves, and professional associations and post job listings there.
Write jobs that add diverse perspectives to discipline based teaching/research.
Include CHAS or departmental diversity recruitment statements in listings.
Set goals for diversity within search committees and applicant pools on a departmental level.
Retain and support faculty and staff from under-represented groups by:
Create a mentoring network,
Facilitate the formation of affinity groups within the college,
Introduce faculty to the full range of diversity present in our larger community.
Engage and maintaining dialogue with faculty members within the college on this goal.
Increase the diversity of the college’s students
Recruit and retain a diverse student body, establishing scholarships for underrepresented groups.
Identify and encourage alumni, student, and community groups to support focused recruitment.
Establish support of off-campus outreach and on campus opportunities for identified groups, and identify and build relationships with potential feeder programs.(e.g., UNICUE/Trio, select Community colleges).
Identify three communities for focused recruitment/engagement. Engage minority alumni to inform location selection.
Retain a diverse student body by supporting on campus affinity groups, peer mentoring/tutoring, and the formation of alumni affinity groups/connections.
Enhance our marketing platforms to become more inclusive. Prepare marketing materials that represent all students and faculty actively engaged in CHAS programs.
Coordinate multi-disciplinary recruitment of under-represented students.
Engage underrepresented students
Work with students from diverse backgrounds to identify support strategies.
Develop future initiatives based on their recommendations.
Create curriculum development processes that include elements of equity and diversity
Write a curriculum statement that sets the goal of inclusion.
Develop a form which addresses the inclusion of equitable and diverse materials in the curriculum (when appropriate within the discipline) with a goal of inclusion and improved accessibility. Reviewed by CHAS Faculty Senate during curriculum review (pedagogy, methodology, delivery)
Provide a variety of course and lab times as well as locations to ensure students (traditional, working and non-traditional) have the opportunity to take the required courses.
Provide learning opportunities that help faculty incorporate these perspectives.