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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A Call to Action

  • Educate yourself on social justice issues.
  • Champion diversity, equity and inclusion within our campus and community.
  • Speak up and speak out against injustices.
  • Join one of the DE&I committees by contacting the Office of Diversity Programs.
Inclusive excellence is a framework that asserts that excellence indeed comes from diversity, equity and inclusion — from creating a workplace and learning environment that drives innovation, learning and performance.

— Dr. Damon A. Williams


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council

Mission

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council is established to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of Saginaw Valley State University and continue the work brought forth to the President by faculty, staff, and students concerning racial issues at SVSU.

Membership

• The membership shall consist of the Chief Diversity Officer, faculty members, staff members, administrators, two graduate students, and two undergraduate students.
• The Advisory Council is comprised of members from across all academic and administrative support divisions of Saginaw Valley State University.

The charge of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

  • Advising the Chief Diversity Officer on issues occurring on the campus as it pertains to diversity and inclusion and suggest ways to promote diversity and develop a welcoming and inclusive campus climate.
  • Help create and maintain a campus that is fair, responsive, and inclusive for all faculty, staff, and students.
  • Hold University leadership accountable for remedying cultural insensitivity and social justice on campus.
  • Serving as a sounding board for the Office of Diversity Programs on new or ongoing initiatives.
  • The advisory council will address specific issues raised by the Black Faculty, Staff and Administration (see attached).
  • The advisory council will address specifically, the following issues raised in the Manifesto by OBU (see attached).

Duties and Responsibilities of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

  • Serve as the liaison to the Office of Diversity Programs.
  • Actively participate on at least one DEI sub-committee.
  • The Council will provide updates and an annual report to the University community on aspects of diversity progress.
  • Attend monthly meetings each semester.
  • Promote DEI programs and initiatives by serving as an advocate.
  • Solicit productive internal and external alliances to support and advance equity and inclusion at SVSU.
  • Assist with implementation of the diversity strategic plan.

The 2020-2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council

  • Mamie Thorns, Chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council
  • Joni Beaman
  • Clifford Block
  • Vanessa Brooks Herd, Co-Chair, Goal 6
  • Kathleen Chantaca-Kubczak
  • Sidney Childs, Co-Chair, Goal 2
  • Ann Coburn-Collins, Co-Chair, Goal 1
  • Susan Crane, Co-Chair, Goal 3
  • Anita Dey
  • Poonam Dharam, Co-Chair, Goal 4
  • Indigo Dudley, Student Representative
  • Roberto Garcia, Co-Chair, Goal 2
  • Dawn Hinton, Co-Chair, Goal 1
  • Cherokee Johnson, Student Representative
  • Kenneth Jolly, Co-Chair, Goal 4
  • Arianna Jones, Student Representative
  • Ava Lewis, Co-Chair, Goal 5
  • Megan McAdow
  • Mari MacFarland
  • Maureen Muchimba, Co-Chair, Goal 5
  • Joseph Ofori-Dankwa
  • Corrie Piotrowski, Co-Chair, Goal 3
  • Abbegail Stemple, Co-Chair, Goal 6
  • Brian Thomas, Co-Chair, Goal 7
  • Rob Vallentine, Co-Chair, Goal 7
  • Delores Walker
  • Ex-officio Council Members
    • Donald Bachand
    • Deborah Huntley
    • Mary Kowaleski
    • James Muladore

 


Timeline of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

1991

  • Board of Control Statement on Cultural Initiatives
  • Affirmative Action office

2002

  • Office of Diversity Programs created
  • First Climate Survey administered
  • Affirmative Action Workplace Data

2005

  • Great Lakes Bay Regional Youth Leadership Institute
  • Roosevelt Ruffin Diversity Award created

2006

  • Endowed Lecture on African American Culture established

2009

  • Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute established
  • Inclusion and Advocacy Training – 186 faculty and staff have participated

2013

  • Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) awarded to SVSU
  • Title IX Initiatives

2014

  • First Female Provost – Dr. Deborah Huntley
  • VA office established

2015

  • Second Climate Survey administered
  • First African American Endowed Chair in International Business – Dr. Joseph Ofori-Dankwa
  • First Hispanic Endowed Chair in Education – Dr. David Callejo Perez
  • Gender Identity added to Anti-harrassment/ Discrimination Policy
  • First LGBTQ Pride Center opened

2016

  • Urban and Civic Partnership Scholars
  • Great Colleges to Work for
  • Increase in Disability population
  • Strategic Plan

2017

  • Strategic Plan
  • Culture Competency

2018

  • Strategic Plan
  • HEED Award
  • Cultural Competency

2019

  • Strategic Plan
  • Cultural Competency

2020

  • Strategic Plan
  • OBU Manifesto
  • Black Faculty & Staff Manifesto
  • Cultural Competency
  • Faculty Diversity Fellows
  • Title IX
  • DE&I Council
  • Campus Climate Survey Administered

The Road to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council

  • 2016 - 2020: University Strategic Plan
  • SUMMER 2020: President’s Statement on Race Relation Challenges
  • SUMMER 2020: Racial Relations Black Faculty, Staff, Administration at SVSU
  • AUGUST 31, 2020: Organization of Black Unity Manifesto
  • AUGUST 14, 2020: Title IX Discussion & Awareness
  • SUMMER 2020: Annual Affirmative Action Workforce Data & Diversity Dashboard
  • SEPTEMBER 2020: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council Established
  • OCTOBER 2020: Assessment of Climate for Learning, Living & Working
  • NOVEMBER 2020: Microaggression, How to be an Antiracist Workshops
  • JANUARY 2021: MLK Celebration:An Evening with Van Jones
  • FEBRUARY 2021: Courageous Conversations: Race & COVID-19
  • FEBRUARY 2021: Black History Month: Social Justice & Ongoing Racism with Angela Davis
  • MARCH 2021: Strategies to Increase Diverse Recruitment of SVSU Faculty & Staff
  • APRIL 2021: Strategies to Reduce Bias in the Workplace & Classroom
  • APRIL 23, 2021: DE&I Townhall

 

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Goals

GOAL I
To create an organizational infrastructure to lead, plan, and be accountable for institutional progress for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

GOAL II
To show continuous improvement in the recruitment and retention of diverse students.

GOAL III
To show continuous improvement in the recruitment, advancement, and retention of diverse community.

GOAL IV
Multicultural curriculum transformation.

GOAL V
Enhancing the community, climate, and centrality of diversity.

GOAL VI
Awards received for diversity excellence.

GOAL VII
Establish the diversity and inclusion leadership academy.

GOAL PROGRESS

GOAL PROGRESS 20/21

GOAL I
Work with the Diversity Programs office to secure a diversity inventory.

GOAL II
Positively affect recruitment by working with the SVSU Recruitment Council to establish measurable goals for the recruitment of Black, Hispanic and other communities of color; and, retention by partnering with the Achievement Gap subcommittee of the Retention and Completion Council and supporting the retention and graduation goals outlined in the SVSU Retention Plan.

GOAL III
Reviewed and updated the Inclusion Advocate (IA) Program.

GOALS IV & V
Identified multiple resources and advocated for workshops and other learning opportunities meant to enhance the curriculum, community, climate and centrality of diversity on campus to support faculty, staff, and students.

GOAL VI
Completed application for the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) in Health Professions, created a Global Diversity Award, and developed “Spotlight on Diversity” feature for the Diversity Programs website.

GOAL VII
Held listening sessions to identify winter semester leadership workshops and guide development of the leadership institute.

GOAL PLANNING 21/22

GOAL I
Work with the university to plan for addressing gaps in policies and procedures identified in the Inclusive Excellence Inventory currently underway.

GOAL II
Opening of the SVSU Multicultural Center (Fall 2021).

GOAL III
Review and update SVSU hiring policies and procedures.

GOALS IV
Send proposal for Black Studies Major to Curriculum Committee.

GOAL V
Collaborate with Goal IV and the Implicit Bias Committee to develop faculty workshops for AY 2021-2022.

GOAL VI
Conduct a national review of student awards which recognize achievement in furthering diversity, equity and inclusion on college campuses. Develop a faculty/staff research award to honor exemplary efforts in furthering diversity and inclusion on campus and the Great Lakes Bay region.

GOAL VII
Create employee resource (or affinity) groups. Assist in the development of the SVSU Leadership Development Program