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We Create Caring and Inclusive Communities

Our goals coalesce around four key areas to transform organizational culture and behavior within the division. 

These areas are culture, climate, and community building; recruitment and retention; infrastructure; and learning and development. Focusing on these four areas is critical to integrating this work into all that we do. 

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Goal 1: Cultivate a supportive and respectful climate that values differing perspectives and experiences. 

  • Build strategies to sustain an environment that acknowledges and celebrates diversity.
  • Employ inclusive excellence practices in daily operations.
  • Evolve a culture where all community members feel welcomed, valued, and have a sense of belonging.
  • Establish a restorative community of practice where the Division of Student Affairs comes together to build trust, community, and healing. 
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Goal 2: Recruit and retain diverse staff at all levels.

  • Develop and implement policies and practices that ensure successful recruitment, retention, and promotion of staff with marginalized identities.
  • Support inclusive excellence within job descriptions and functions.
  • Enhance professional development and mentorship opportunities for staff, specifically those with marginalized identities, to facilitate retention and promotion.
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Goal 3: Ground our infrastructure and decision-making in inclusion, diversity, equity, anti-racism, and social justice.

  • Ensure policies, practices, structures, resources, and metrics drive diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism and justice commitments. 
  • Demonstrate departmental accountability for strategic plan components.
  • Collaborate across departments to leverage and enhance inclusion, diversity, equity, anti-racism, and social justice programming, learning, and development.
  • Fully resource the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 
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Goal 4: Enhance competencies and build capacities related to inclusion, diversity, equity, anti-racism and social justice. 

  • Grow awareness, knowledge, and skills that center inclusive excellence in students and staff through division-wide learning and development opportunities. 
  • Promote a shared framework for divisional and departmental learning and development opportunities. 
  • Implement training and development on White supremacy characteristics in decision-making, policies, and practices.

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