Interim Provost Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan announced in her recent Faculty Forum that the university is developing a comprehensive diversity plan. Callahan noted that Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, will lead the campus-wide plan.
It is critical that we not only encourage diversity, but that we continually foster an environment that is welcoming and respectful of every member of our community, Callahan said. We know we will need collective input from faculty, staff and students across campus to form a meaningful plan and we will begin this process in the upcoming weeks.
Callahan also noted that work is progressing on implementing a new bias incident reporting and response system. Jesuit-peer institutions, such as Georgetown University, have implemented similar systems. Students will have the option for reporting bias incidents anonymously.
In the spring of 2014, Dr. William Welburn will begin planning a climate study, with focus groups and campus surveys during the 2014-15 academic year. The objective of the climate study is to gather information and analysis relating to the campus climate with a focus on diversity. Results will be shared with university leadership to help determine future initiatives. The Division of Student Affairs will implement enhanced student education on diversity and inclusivity, also in fall of 2014. The enhanced student education programs will model current successful programs related to gender-based violence.
March 17, 2014 Marquette University News Briefs