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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives for Campus Constituencies

For Faculty
  • Faculty Diversity Commitment Statement (Spring 2020)
  • OFD grants to enrich the diversity of the curriculum (new courses, revised courses)
  • OFD committed to three years of a series entitled "Diversity and Inclusiveness in Teaching".  Monthly, hour-long program, covering different aspects.
  • This year, inspired by Dr. Kendi: fall programs entitled "How To Be An Anti-Racist...In Your Syllabus"
  • Broader Discussion: What do anti-racism and equity in teaching encompass?
    • Changes in canon: Yes!  also, frankness about the history and legacy of marginalization in your field
    • But also, a much broader reconsideration of teaching policies and approaches based on equity
      • Relationships of trust, not power. Transparency in pedagogical decisions.
      • Collaborative generation of at least some classroom policies
For Students by Staff
  • Mandatory Ever-Fi course on diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Weekly support space for students of color led by a Black therapist, Dr. Abena Berry 
  • Student-athlete leaders attended NCAA Athletes Using Their Power (A4) Programming, which included discussions on addressing difficult conversations, activism, allyship and action
  • Athletic teams and Student leaders required to read How to be an Antiracist to allow for engagement in campus wide discussion
  • Library meeting with student government to learn what students need/want—how can we make the space more inclusive?  What resources might we purchase to help our collections reflect diversity, equity, and inclusion from a student perspective?
  • The Library has expanded DEI book collection based on recommendations by the OIR
  • Workshops: Self-Advocacy, Cultural Empathy, How to be an Anti-Racist, Moving Past Diversity: Navigating Difficult Conversations Around Equity, Racialized Trauma/Racial Battle Fatigue, Activism fatigue vs. Racial battle fatigue: A conversation on keeping it together while fighting for change
  • First Connection
For Students by Students
Athletics
  • DEI training as part of athlete orientation
  • Fanatics (student organization led by Athletic Council) shares weekly resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion to their social media handles
Greek life
  • Pan-Hellenic initiative to shift recruiting practices 
Expanding Empowerment Groups
  • Creating spaces for students to commune with others around identity
Student Activism
  • Full Circle
  • Praxis
Curriculum (Theater, First-Year Studies, African American Studies)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives by Departments

Health and Wellness Center
  • Workshops:
  • Understanding Racialized Trauma ,
  • Activism fatigue vs. Racial battle fatigue: A conversation on keeping it together while fighting for change 
  • Coping in a Racialized World 
  • Weekly support space for our students of color led by a Black therapist, Dr. Abena Berry (former therapist at Health and Wellness Center).  
Public Safety

Staff Training: Diversity Awareness Training for Police Departments

  1. Recognizing and Addressing Implicit Bias and Diversity Awareness 
  2. Seeing How Stereotypes Impact the Relationships 
  3. Effectively Engaging Diverse Communities
Library
  • Staff Training: microaggressions and implicit bias
  • Library meeting with student government to learn what students need/want—how can we make the space more inclusive?  What resources might we purchase to help our collections reflect diversity, equity, and inclusion from a student perspective?
  • The Library has expanded DEI book collection based on recommendations by the OIR
Career Advancement Center
  • We created safe spaces to come together as a team and discuss concerns and hope for the future.
  • We researched diversity, equity, and inclusion programs at other career centers.
  • We identified broad principles to help guide our work and support our vision for equity through office programs and services. 
  • We are using change management theory and created small staff teams aligned with the areas we seek to research related to DEI which are:  Student voice; Industry, and Current LFC data.  
  • Through this research activity, we will be able to assess where we are as an office, and what information is needed to better understand what our goals for equity should be.
  • By gathering information from stakeholders and formulating these goals, we aim to have a better understanding of our current climate related to DEI in order to develop the most impactful and sustainable action plans for next semester and beyond.
Athletics
  • Forester Impact Series – Development of a new programming initiative for student-athletes surrounding the following topics: 
    • Community Building and Engagement
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    • Mental and Physical Health
    • Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Prevention
  • Addition of the Vice President for Community Engagement to the Executive Board of our Athletic Council, our student organization comprised of student-athlete leaders from each of our Forester Athletic teams
  • Student-athlete leaders have attended the NCAA Athletes Using Their Power (A4) Programming, which included discussions on addressing difficult conversations, activism, allyship and action 
  • Had a staff member trained as an NCAA DIII One Team Facilitator – this resource is designed to provide peer-driven LGBTQ educational programming directly to Division III institutions and conferences
  • Staff members have been attending programming from the NCAA Office of Inclusion
  • Fanatics (our student organization open to all LFC students, but organized by our Athletic Council) shared weekly resources surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion to their social media handles
  • Coaches and Staff are reading How to be an Antiracist to allow for engagement in campus wide discussion
Admissions
  • Biweekly D&I updates to staff on a variety of topics (e.g. working with undocumented students, Title IX changes, resources for students, staff, and faculty with disabilities, etc.)
  • Monthly discussion group for Admissions/Financial Aid staff (all staff read article/listen to podcast/watch a documentary prior to discussion – e.g. 13thdocumentary, “From Slave Patrols to Traffic Stops” article, etc.)
  • Annual two-day D&I workshop for all Admissions/Financial Aid staff, with sessions on inclusive language, implicit bias, Title IX/bias reporting processes, etc.
  • Promotion of campus-wide programming related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ongoing policy and procedure review through a D&I lens (e.g. evaluating the staff handbook, application reading process, interview protocol, event protocols, etc.)

Community Engagement Across Constituencies

Intercultural Advisory Group

  • Community accountability on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues  

Community Caucuses

  • Recurring space to raise community concerns on diversity, equity, and inclusion  

Brown Bag Lunch Discussions

  • Focus on a different social justice theme/topic to discuss as a community each month  

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit (Formerly known as the Diversity and Inclusion Summit)  

  • Began as a faculty- and staff-only event in 2018  
  • In 2020 and going forward: open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni  

Mandatory Faculty and Staff online course

  • Managing Bias 
  • Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace 

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) faculty and staff gathering

  • opportunity for BIPOC faculty and staff to network, connect, and support one another on a regular basis
  • Community building, resource sharing, and encouraging dialogue and discussion amongst BIPOC staff and faculty regarding their experiences navigating a predominantly White institution and predominantly White spaces on- and off-campus  

"What's Going On" Surveys

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion survey assessment of campus departments, offices, and programs  

Campus Reading of Kendi and "Choose Anti-racism" Video Campaign

  • Videos by faculty and staff reflecting on How to be an Anti-Racist by IbramX. Kendi
  • Include: takeaways from the chapter, how to apply the lesson of that chapter to our campus 
  • Video Series

Empowerment Groups

Meet, celebrate and support one another through our Empowerment Groups brought to you by the Department of Intercultural Relations.

The Rainbow Network

UNIDAS

JUNTOS

Black Women United

Black Men’s Group

A Non-Traditional Approach (New!)

Additional Social Justice Resources on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Upcoming Events

Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Anti-Racism Series for Faculty and Staff
Health and Wellness Center Weekly Support Space

Weekly support space for our students of color led by a Black therapist, Dr. Abena Berry (former therapist at Health and Wellness Center).

We understand the importance of having a safe space to talk about your experiences and feel understood even without having to navigate a White space.  This group is specifically designed as a space to provide care and support to students who identify as Black, African, African-American. 

Community Caucuses
  • Monday, October 12th 11am – noon (CST)
  • Monday, November 2nd 11 am – noon (CST)
  • Monday, November 9th 11am – noon (CST)
Brown Bag Lunch Discussions
  • Thursday, October 8th 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CST)
  • Thursday, October 29th 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CST)
  • Thursday, November 12th 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CST)
  • Thursday, December 10th 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CST)
Black, Indigenous and People of Color Faculty and Staff Gatherings
  • Friday, October 16th 4 pm – 5 pm (CST)
  • Friday, November 13th 4 pm – 5 pm (CST)
  • Friday, December 4th 4 pm – 5 pm (CST)
Anti-Racist Syllabus by the Office of Faculty Development
  • Wednesday September 16th @ 4pm
    • Part I: Developing Anti-Racist Syllabus Policies
  • Wednesday October 21st @ 4pm
    • Part II: Developing Anti-Racist Class Content
  • Wednesday November 18th @ 4pm
    • Part III: Developing Anti-Racist Assignments and Assessment