Improve systems of campus wide accountability relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion plan for 2020-2023

Provide greater cohesion for Marquette University’s institutional diversity initiatives through a commitment to significantly realigning organizational structure. Invest in ongoing creation through collaboration, review and assessment, and communication cycle for campus-wide equity-minded, diversity, and inclusion goals.

Strategic Priorities

Create new and enhance existing opportunities that encourage shift in the campus culture toward greater collaboration and accountability in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices

Task Status

In progress

Conduct quinquennial campus climate survey and incorporate outcomes in institutional planning and decision making.

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In progress: The first Campus Climate Survey was completed in 2015. The 2020 survey was conducted in the spring, data analysis started in summer 2020 with an expected release of the survey in Fall 2020, followed by campus conversation and (1) articulation of three strategic priorities and (2) further dissemination of key recommendations for campus planners and decision makers.

Task Status

In progress

 

Create a common template for all campus divisions and colleges to develop goals-based, multiyear diversity plans, holding departments accountable through an annual review process on their progress toward their stated diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.

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In progress: The Diederich College of Communication is working closely with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion to create and test a model. The Diederich experience will be used as a prototype for other colleges and departments in 2020-2021 and beyond.

Task Status

In progress

 

Maintain fidelity to the goals and strategies of the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) initiative, a campus-wide effort to create a more diverse and inclusive campus environment for underrepresented students.

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In progress: The HSI initiative, launched in 2016, has substantially increased Spanish language programming and outreach, fostered greater connections to our local Hispanic/Latinx communities, supported co-curricular programming for underrepresented students, supported the development of diverse courses through faculty grants, supported the development of a Hispanic Alumni Association, collaborated on campus climate projects such as Unlearning Racism, and engaged in dialogues and provided professional development opportunities around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in the broader community. The number of Hispanic/Latinx students – both undergraduate and graduate – has also increased significantly over this period and retention for this demographic group has recently increased.

Restructure the office and coordinating function of the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion with requisite resources to fulfill campus DEI goals

Task Status

In progress

Review staffing needs within the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

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In progress: With the creation of the position of Director for Black Student Initiatives in fall 2020, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion has gained critical capacity to respond to the needs of an increasingly diverse campus community. Staffing needs will continue to be reviewed and will evolve to fulfill strategic priorities for fostering a more diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just campus environment.

Task Status

Ongoing

Review budgetary needs within the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

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Ongoing: The Office undergoes annual reviews of operating and diversity plan budgets and advocates for resources where needed.

Enhance existing methods of tracking progress on achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion goals at regular intervals in a manner that is accessible to the Marquette community

Task Status

Beginning

Engage in diversity mapping of our campus to determine how our programs, centers, curricula, and staffing fulfill institutional DEI needs and intersect with one another, and to determine where gaps in support or services lie.

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Beginning: A pilot diversity mapping project was completed by two staff members as part of their masters’ level studies in summer 2020. The Committee on Equity and Inclusion plans to continue the project moving forward.

Task Status

Ongoing

Create an online platform where the campus-wide diversity plan and progress toward our goals are transparent and accessible.

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Ongoing: This website is the result of a collaboration between the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Marketing and Communication. It will be updated on an annual basis.

Task Status

Beginning

Review effective metrics for tracking progress toward institutional diversity goals.

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Beginning: The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will work with the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis to expand the list of metrics beyond those presently available on the Diversity Dashboard.

Task Status

Beginning

Review climate assessment tools for future implementation

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Beginning: After the 2020 Campus Climate Survey, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will work with the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis and other campus partners to review the survey tool we utilize to assess campus climate.

Maintain strategic focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in Beyond Boundaries, the Marquette University strategic plan

Task Status

Ongoing

Base any institutional diversity plans upon the priorities outlined in the Culture of Inclusion theme from Marquette’s strategic plan.

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Ongoing: This campus diversity plan is rooted in and expands upon the strategic goals found in Culture of Inclusion.

Create and sustain platforms for senior leaders to engage in dialogue with students that focus directly on diversity, equity, and inclusion

Task Status

Ongoing

Provide opportunities for bidirectional communication between the executive leadership team and students, faculty, staff, and other key campus stakeholders.

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Ongoing: President, Provost, and other university leaders host student listening sessions once per semester focusing on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The first town hall on racial injustice was held in June 2020 with a proposed follow-up in Fall 2020.