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Goal 3

Goal 3: Create a transformative learning and working environment that promotes diversity through a culture of civility and inclusiveness.

“Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being the mystery, unique and not be judged.”
— Rumi

What is our definition of diversity? Diversity includes, but is not limited to, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, non-traditional status (e.g., parenting students), disability, veteran status (military), culture and global perspective.

Objective 3.1: Develop and implement a plan to ensure diversity and social equity through accountability, responsibility and inclusiveness.

Examples:

  • Update the action plan to ensure diversity throughout the University.
  • Consistently conduct a campus climate survey.

Success Criteria / Expected Outcomes by 2020:

  • Implement the updated action plan to ensure diversity throughout the University.
  • Complete a campus climate survey on a periodic basis and review results in order to improve the culture of the community.
Objective 3.2: Strengthen and develop partnerships, establishing programs and planning events that support diversity and inclusion.

Examples:

  • Review and analyze the success of existing diversity programs, including transitional experiences (from high school to college, from geographical regions, etc.).
  • Develop and expand programs and partnerships that meet needs, including allocating sufficient resources.
  • Provide metrics to help measure the contribution of diversity partnerships and programs.
  • Create curricula that reflect diversity and inclusion.
  • Promote a culture of civility and inclusiveness through campus activities and programming.
  • Enhance collaborations among the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Women’s Consortium, Women’s Studies, the Women’s Center and New Leadership PA to enhance diversity initiatives.

Success Criteria / Expected Outcomes by 2020:

  • Complete analysis of existing diversity programs, including transitional experiences (from high school to college, from geographical regions. etc.).
  • Create metrics to help measure the contribution of diversity partnerships and programs.
Objective 3.3: Expand the opportunities to enhance cultural and global experiences.

Examples:

  • Expand study abroad opportunities.
  • Identify ways to integrate cultural and global experiences into the academic and student experience to increase student awareness and engagement.
  • Design service-learning and/or community service opportunities focused on building understanding of cultural differences.
  • Recruit more international students to campus.
  • Engage in international programs/partnerships.
  • Promote the LaDonna Harris Native American Studies Institute.
  • Support the Frederick Douglass Institute.
  • Promote the Audrey-Beth Fitch Women’s Studies Conference.

Success Criteria / Expected Outcomes by 2020:

  • Increase study abroad opportunities by 4%.
  • Increase to 150 the number of international students on campus.
  • Increase service-learning opportunities for students.

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