ABOUT THE CHANCELLOR'S DIVERSITY INITIATIVE
2006-2010 Progress Report
The Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative (CDI) seeks to enhance institutional diversity through collaborative partnerships and strategic efforts that promote inclusive excellence and a welcoming campus. Over the past five years, the Initiative has grown from an office with one single full-time staff member to an operational division of the Deputy Chancellor’s Office with five full-time staff members, two .50 FTE staff members and a cadre of undergraduate and graduate assistants.
The Chancellor's Diversity Initiative has grown in scope to include these four operations: leadership; cultural competency education and consultation; equity and compliance; and promotions and program Support. Our accomplishments in these four areas are as follows.
- Developed a proposal for a diversity requirement to be included in the MU undergraduate general education architecture (with Vice Provost Jim Spain), which was approved by the Faculty Council in March 2011 for consideration as part of the Comprehensive Review of the General Education Architecture at MU.
- Established the MizzouDiversity Summit, a bi-annual two-day event bringing together members of the MU community to reflect on our progress and identify action steps that further our goal to become a multicultural institution. The 2008 Summit, attended by approximately 300 faculty, students, staff, and senior administrators, focused attention on the multiple issues of diversity on this campus and engaged everyone to think of new ways to tackle those issues within interest groups and university colleges and departments.
- Completed longitudinal assessment of faculty diversity at MU and developed a strategic planning document designed to recommend enhancements to institutional efforts to support increasing faculty diversity.
- Conducted the second MU Campus Climate Study to rigorously and comprehensively assess and monitor campus climate on a regular basis. The first phase involving MU students will be completed in 2010 with additional phases planned for faculty and staff.
- Established the annual Inclusive Excellence Awards Program to recognize some of the many individuals whose efforts have contributed to the university’s success in furthering its diversity mission.
- Sponsored the Courageous Conversations Dialogue Series and other dialogue programs on controversial issues such as race and civility.
- Provided leadership and consultation to administrative departments for responses to controversial incidents (e.g., the National Socialist Movement (Neo-Nazi) march in Columbia; making condoms available in residence halls; bias motivated crime at the Black Culture Center).
- Awarded a total of $230,000 in grant funding from the Ford Foundation to establish, sustain and disseminate the MU Difficult Dialogues Program. The program stimulates rigorous intellectual inquiry and empowers students to express opposing views respectfully and in the spirit of open-mindedness. Faculty fellows practice deliberative dialogue and conflict resolution techniques facilitated with interactive theatre. The Summer Institute prepared senior campus leaders from other major research universities to enhance their faculty development programs. MU Difficult Dialogues Program was one of only 13 of the originally funded institutions invited for renewal of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative.
- Worked with colleagues across nation to found the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Chief Diversity Officer Roger Worthington served two terms on the board of directors, providing key national leadership in higher education diversity.
- Founded the Big 12 Consortium of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and the Missouri Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Hosted inaugural meetings of the state and regional associations of diversity officers.
- Served as one of four coordinators of the 2011 National Multicultural Conference and Summit.
Cultural Competency Education and Consultation
- Developed the Cultural Competency and Leadership workshops to equip campus leaders (students, faculty and staff) with the cultural intelligence and awareness to build a more engaged multicultural institution.
- Participated in the curriculum development on cultural competency for the Chancellor’s Emerging Leaders Institute—a joint project with Human Resources.
- Initiated "You in Mizzou" dialogue series in 2006 to foster a more inclusive campus community by creating a safe space for students to have respectful discussions about issues that pertain to all. The 2008-09 year was a resounding success with approximately 230 students (the primary group), faculty and staff participating, an increase of 233 percent from the 69 total participants from the year before. The majority of participants responded in the post-dialogue evaluations that they have learned something about themselves or how others viewed the issues.
- Established the "Diversity in Action: Bridging Research and Practice" interdisciplinary seminar series to provide a monthly forum for faculty members to share diversity-related research with colleagues and students. Because the popularity of this program has grown, the sessions are frequently standing-room only.
Equity and Compliance
- Established the MU Equity Office to increase utilization of and satisfaction with the university’s equity complaint resolution services. Provide counsel, referral, and/or investigation as appropriate to help resolve discrimination complaints and inequitable treatment.
- Developed the MU Equity website to provide information about the MU complaint resolution process and alternative services as well as general background on bias and illegal discrimination.
- As MU EEO/Affirmative Action Officer for Teaching and Research, responded on behalf of the university to external discrimination complaints involving faculty or students.
- With MSA, created the optionally-anonymous Bias Reporting System, a safe web-based form for members of the MU community who have witnessed or experienced bias incidents on campus.
- Provided, upon request by academic units, workshops and consultations on best faculty hiring practices and strategies for increasing diversity.
- With Faculty Council, conducted a survey about the loss of potential and proven employees due to the lack of same-sex partner benefits.
- Developed an exit interview survey for departing faculty to provide feedback about their experience at MU.
Promotions and Program Support
- Created the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative website in response to campus climate research as a way to provide a comprehensive online guide to campus diversity resources.
- Provided website design and management services for thirteen diversity-related MU departments and organizations.
- Implemented the online diversity calendar, an easily accessible source for all diversity-related events both on campus and in the community.
- Collaborated with Printing Services to include religious holidays in annual calendar.
- Developed A Guide to Religions at MU in collaboration with the Multicultural Center in response to requests for an inclusive guide to the various religions and religious holidays celebrated by students, faculty and staff at MU.
- Disseminated campus-wide diversity information at information fairs and events such as Summer Welcome, Winter Welcome, New Faculty Orientation, Graduate School Orientation and the St. Louis Black Expo.
- Provided program funding for student and faculty diversity-related programs and events.
- Provide leadership and support for annual MU Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration. Speakers have included Lewis Diuguid, David Raibon and Patricia Williams.
- Sponsored and co-coordinated the Women’s Health and Wellness Fair with the Status of Women Committee.