Build a More Inclusive Community

Report on optimal organization design and resources for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity

The president and provost, in consultation with the vice president of institutional diversity and equity, will review the optimal design and resourcing necessary for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity to serve its complex mission. They will issue a report by January 6, 2017. 


The Office of the Provost is currently collecting information on institutional designs for affirmative action compliance, diversity education and training, and community outreach and inclusion at other colleges and university in the United States. This data will compliment self-assessment information that has been provided by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. Next steps in the review of IDE will be determined once review of this comparative and internal information is complete. 



Following the review of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity by the President and Provost, the office, now renamed the Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (IDI), has undertaken a significant restructuring. The IDI team is focusing on three key innovations in their work:

Expansion of customized and general workshops to learn about supporting diversity and inclusion on campus: There is both the need for and expanding interest by employees in learning about the challenges our diverse community members face, and how to develop skills in creating and supporting an inclusive work environment.  IDI has expanded its regular offerings, such as in implicit bias awareness, and its customized offerings for specific departments and programs. IDI partners with outside trainers where possible, and will develop customized programs for any group, office or team upon request.

Enhanced community outreach: Recognizing that our employees' ability to thrive depends on their successful integration into the community beyond the campus, IDI has strategically expanded its community outreach to include trainings with community leaders, law enforcement offices, schools, non-profit organizations and others.

Strengthened federal compliance and data collection: Recognizing that the legal and federal compliance landscape in which we operate is complex, IDI is broadening its professional development opportunities for its staff, and partnering with the Office of Institutional Research to ensure best in class practices and data collection.