Create and support opportunities for inclusive scholarship, teaching, and learning

Diversity, equity and inclusion plan for 2020-2023

Enrich the campus environment and culture for diversity scholarship and for the development of diverse learning opportunities, as foundational to Jesuit higher learning. Provide greater opportunities for inclusion of diverse cultures and communities in curricula, in out-of-class learning, and in research and scholarship.

Strategic Priorities

Strengthen infrastructure to support academic programs, interdisciplinary programs, and centers that enrich the cultural diversity of the campus, particularly regarding race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender and gender identity, linguistic heritage, and other dimensions of diversity.

Task Status

Partially in progress and done

Support the development of interdisciplinary academic initiatives, such as Race, Ethnic, and Indigenous Studies (REIS), as they contribute to a more diverse learning environment.

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In progress: The infrastructure for the REIS program is currently being built to integrate existing academic programs, create new courses and programs of study, and develop interdisciplinary networks for faculty research. Needs have been identified for more systematic funding for REIS through resource reallocation to be addressed in 2020-21 with a temporary (1-year) allotment from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and creation of a plan to adequately resource REIS and its faculty beyond 2020.

Done: The Spanish for Heritage Speakers program has gained critical infrastructure through the creation of a coordinator position and additional resources to respond to its growth in recent years.

Create meaningful avenues for the development of culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogy

Task Status

Ongoing

Support new course development and revisions on existing courses, with emphasis on diversity-related courses that utilize a digital learning environment.

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Ongoing: Since spring 2019, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion has provided small grants to faculty who develop new courses or significantly revise existing courses to infuse diverse themes, inclusive pedagogical practices, and/or community-engaged learning opportunities for their students.

Task Status

Ongoing

Support collaboration between Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Title IX and other entities on presenting training and workshops.

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Ongoing: The Center for Teaching and Learning provides a variety of presentations, trainings, and workshops to help faculty to engage in more responsive and inclusive instructional practices, and continues to collaborate with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion on a variety of faculty-centered programming. The Title IX Office provides trainings and workshops to units on an as-needed basis.

Incentivize research and scholarship reflecting cultural diversity across all disciplines

Task Status

Beginning

Resource support for faculty development (e.g., manuscript workshops, small research grants) and faculty/student research collaborations in these interdisciplinary areas.

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Beginning: In 2020-21, grants are concentrated in the Race, Ethnic, and Indigenous Studies program, managed by the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence.

Credit faculty for their support of diversity programming and underrepresented students in the promotion and tenure process, with an increased emphasis on rewards for innovative teaching around diversity and inclusion.

Task Status

Beginning

Review the Promotion and Tenure requirements to appropriately credit the often invisible labor of diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

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Beginning: Under consideration by the Promotion and Tenure Committee.