A fountain and shrubbery are found along Main Street.A fountain and shrubbery are found along Main Street.

Goal Three

To continue to enhance diversity, as broadly defined, at California University.


Objective 3.1:

Expand the opportunities for study abroad to enhance cultural experiences of current Cal U students.

  • Method: Create and implement a marketing/communication program to inform students of current study-abroad options.
  • Method: Explore additional options for providing students with study-abroad opportunities, including educational opportunities through study-abroad charitable foundations and other organizations that are accredited through other universities and focus on specific topics (i.e. environmental studies, public health, etc.).

Success criteria: The number of programs and students enrolled in study-abroad programs will increase by 10% in 2010, 10% in 2011, and 10% in 2012; a comprehensive proposal for new study-abroad opportunities will be developed.

Objective 3.2:

Continue to recruit and retain students of diverse backgrounds to increase the number and percentage of black and Hispanic students enrolled at the University.

  • Method: Continue efforts to hire a diverse faculty.

Success criteria: The percentage of diverse faculty will be increased with a goal of 16% minority by Fall 2012, and 49% females by Fall 2010.

  • Method: Develop and implement a plan for the recruitment of black and Hispanic students through the Admissions Office.
  • Method: Develop and implement a plan for the retention of black and Hispanic students through the Office of Student Retention and Success.

Success criteria: The percentage of enrolled black students will increase from the current 5.68% to equal or exceed the State System target of 8.5% by 2012; the percentage of enrolled Hispanic students will increase from the current 1.08% to equal or exceed the State System target of 3.5%; retention of minority students will increase by 5% by 2012; the recruitment and retention plans will be evaluated yearly and recommendations for continuous improvement will be made to the University President.

Objective 3.3:

Promote a culture of civility, tolerance and inclusiveness.

  • Method: Introduce diverse ideas to the campus community through guest lecturers; Continue to support and enhance the Frederick Douglass Institute and its recently organized Black History Month campus-wide committee.
  • Method: Provide a pool of funding, available to University programs/ departments/student organizations, to provide programming/lectures on these topics; funding would be based on a review of submitted proposals.
  • Method: Implement focused (information, attitudes or behavior) campus climate surveys for underrepresented and female students.

Success criteria: At least one program per semester is offered with a goal of increasing student participation in these events by 25% by 2012. Focused campus climate surveys for students will be completed in Fall 2009 and annually thereafter through collaboration between Minority Affairs, Women’s Center and EEEO, results will be shared with members of the campus community, plans of action will emerge from the analyses and be used to enhance program development and student support annually; the recent campus-wide “Civility Day” will continue annually with increased participation at the event.

  • Method: Encourage and sponsor activities/programming for Women’s History Month, Black History Month and Diversity Awareness Month.

Success criteria: These programming options will be offered every year for the next three years, with a goal of increasing student participation by 30%.

Objective 3.4:

Implement programming in the new Multicultural Center in Carter Hall and raise the profile of the Center.

  • Method: Utilize the web, Cal Times and the Public Relations Office to promote cultural awareness programs at the Center.

Success criteria: At least four events at the Center will be developed and publicized per semester, with the goal of increasing student participation by 25% per year for the next three years.

Objective 3.5:

Develop and implement a campus-wide Diversity Plan under the leadership of the Special Assistant to the President for EEEO.

  • Method: The Special Assistant to the President for EEEO will develop a campus-wide Diversity Plan in consultation with all major University constituencies.
  • Method: Conduct a campus climate survey for under-represented and female employees. Collaborate with Multicultural Student Affairs, Women’s Center and FDI on implementation and analyses of student surveys.

Success criteria: Student and employee campus climate survey results will be utilized in the development of the Diversity Plan; 2010-2012 Diversity Plan will be presented and approved by the Council of Trustees on or before their June 2010 meeting.

Objective 3.6:

Develop collaborations among the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Women’s Consortium, Women’s Studies, Women’s Center and New Leadership PA to enhance diversity initiatives.

  • Method: Establish a mentoring program for women; fund a female student representative to the PA Governor’s Conference for Women; fund participation for attendance at PASSHE’s Diversity Summit; fund participation in the annual Women of Color Summit.

Success criteria: At least one student from the University will participate in each conference/summit each year for three years.