Under the direction of the President, all Cabinet members are currently working on DEI goals for each of their areas with a deadline of the end of this semester. These goals will be reviewed in February 2021 by the DEI Initiatives Advisory Committee and made public to the campus community in the annual report in Summer 2021.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives:
The DEI Initiatives Advisory Committee met on a bi-weekly basis during the Fall Semester and will continue to meet during the Spring Semester. This semester the Advisory Committee has committed its work to holding Listening Sessions, developing recommendations for Cabinet based on those sessions, reviewing College-wide DEI goals, overseeing the Campus-wide Deliberative Dialogues and Caucusing in conjunction with the Wilson Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (WIDE) Office, and responding to student Demands.
Members of the DEI Initiatives Advisory Committee, 2020-2022:
Dr. Daleah Goodwin, Professor of History and Director of DEI Initiatives
Dominique Boone, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Ashley Costantino, Assistant Director of Student Conduct
Melissa Davis, Writer, Enrollment and Marketing
Zanne Garland, Vice President of Advancement
Dr. Ben Krakauer, Professor of Music
Dr. Siti Kusujiarti, Professor of Sociology
Brianna Martin, Business and History & Political Science Major
Brittany Sings, Biology and Environmental Studies Major
Dr. Julie Wilson, Director of the Writing Studio
Updated Response to the Black Student Union (BSU) Demands:
On September 25, 2020, the College issued an updated Response to the BSU Demands. This Response specifically outlined the major steps that the College is taking toward meeting the BSU Demands. Further updates for the BSU Demands will be contained within the DEI Quarterly Reports.
Information on Indigenous Student Association (ISA) Demands:
On October 13, 2020, the College issued a Response to the Indigenous Student Association Demands for Educational and Institutional Reform. We are working together with the ISA to consider these Demands and develop an implementation plan.
In response to the BSU Demand “Reframing Campus-Wide Dialogue,” the DEI Initiatives Advisory Committee and the Wilson Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (WIDE) Office have been coordinating the Campus-Wide Deliberative Dialogue. This year, due to COVID restrictions, the Deliberative Dialogue will be held virtually on Friday, January 29 from 1:00-5:00 pm. Information on registering for this event will be distributed in January 2021.
The BSU issued a revision to their original Caucusing Demand on September 21, 2020. That revision has been taken into consideration and will be reflected in the Caucusing. Caucusing will take place during Week 8 of the Spring 2021 Semester. The DEI Initiatives Advisory Committee has convened a sub-committee to oversee the planning of this event. Community members interested in facilitating a small group breakout session during the Caucuses should complete this form.
Listening Session Feedback and Recommendations:
During September and October 2020, the DEI Initiatives Advisory Committee (AC) held Listening Sessions open to all members of the campus community. These sessions were designed to allow for open, honest, critical feedback concerning the wants, needs, expectations, and experiences regarding racial DEI at the College. The AC has processed this data and prepared a report, available HERE, detailing the major themes that participants expressed and AC’s resulting recommendations.
Both the Deliberative Dialogues and Caucusing sub-committees from the DEI Initiatives Advisory Committee will continue planning the Deliberative Dialogues and Caucusing for Spring 2021. We are reaching out to ITS to coordinate the logistics.
The position of Vice President for DEI and Strategy has been posted. The chair of the search committee is Zanne Garland, Vice President for Advancement, who serves on the DEI Initiatives Advisory Committee. Committee members will be announced in January, and finalist candidates will visit campus during the Spring Semester.