When it comes to DEI, we are in a building phase. Our goal is to grow current opportunities, not only at the undergraduate level, but also to better serve our graduate student, staff, faculty, and alumni communities. Here is just a sample of what we’re developing:
Comprehensive DEI Resource Guides tailored to the needs of undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty.
An evolving map of CMCI courses related to DEI, across undergraduate and graduate levels
A listening tour
Assisted by Dave Martinez, Associate Dean Ashcraft is visiting all around the college to hear how our members are experiencing the college climate and culture.
The goal is to both (a) assess the current state of relations in CMCI and (b) launch an ongoing conversation about DEI that includes members across all areas and levels of the college.
The “tour” has 4 phases that should be complete by Summer 2019:
Individual meetings with chairs, directors, and staff leaders
Formation of, and consultation with, ongoing Diversity Advisory Boards for faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students
Visits with each department
Town-hall style meetings with faculty at various ranks (e.g., assistant, associate, full, instructor), as well as with staff and graduate students.
A longer-term DEI strategic plan for the college, based on the listening tour. Anticipated fall 2019.
An inclusive pedagogy series for all CMCI instructors
Includes workshops on such topics as queering pedagogy, facilitating critical conversations about race, universal design for learning, de-escalating conflict, and decolonizing curriculum. Developed in concert with CMCI Faculty Council’s Committee on Diversity and Academic Community, led by Communication Professor Lisa Flores. Anticipated AY 2019-2020.
Professional development workshop series, starting with assistant professors and growing from there. Begins spring 2019.
Best practice guides
Designed to cultivate DEI across a range of academic activities, such as teaching, mentoring, recruiting, hiring, evaluation and so forth.
Spotlight on graduate student research around diversity
An evening social event for the whole college, which illuminates the breadth and depth of graduate student research on diversity-related themes. Anticipated spring 2019. The first in a slate of college DEI events intended to complement department- and program-level efforts.