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Student Affairs and Academic Support

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council

Representatives from each of the major Student Affairs and Academic Support units will work together to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the division. The diversity council will create and maintain structures to support diversity and inclusion initiatives and identify best practices and existing efforts.

Listening Tour Report

The DEI Advisory Council has published a report on the results of their spring 2022 listening tour. 

Read the report [pdf].


Council Goals

  • Create and maintain structures and resources that support diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives 
    • Assess systems and practices to determine a baseline related to DEI
    • Minimize unnecessary duplication and increase collaboration and coordination
    • Develop/review DEI unit goals that are in alignment with the division and university strategic plans
    • Develop/review/monitor/report DEI metrics
    • Incorporate DEI goals and metrics into departmental blueprints, strategic plans, and EPMS documents
    • Identify initiatives to improve DEI efforts that support employees and students
  • Develop a Student Affairs and Academic Support DEI knowledge bank to include:
    • Existing division practices 
    • Best practices in student affairs
  • Identify DEI education and training resources:
    • Existing division education and training practices 
    • University education and training practices
    • Higher ed and other industry best practices
    • Consult with internal experts as appropriate


Initial Focus Areas

  • Hiring and onboarding practices
  • Student employment and leadership opportunities
  • Employee and student participation in DEI training



  • Develop a job description for diversity officers
  • Begin hiring process
  • Identify available resources to carry out DEI work
  • Set the first meeting for the Student Affairs and Academic Support Diversity Council meeting
  • The co-chairs will:
    • Begin discovery/listening phase of those that have contacted them so far
    • Identify potential university partners (e.g., Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
    • Develop a draft action plan for the diversity council to review and adjust
  • The council will:
    • Meet on a regular basis. The first meeting of the Student Affairs and Academic Support Diversity Council is tentatively scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 2022
    • Finalize action plans for the division for the initial areas of focus. Including assessment tools unit and individual self-awareness and baseline, training, and evaluation tools to include unit blueprints and EPMS
  • Student Affairs and Academic Support units will complete the following steps for the initial areas of focus:
    • Complete an assessment and establish a DEI baseline 
    • Develop unit action plans to include self-awareness, baseline assessment evaluations that use existing tools such as employee EPMS and unit Blueprints
    • Develop employee training and assessment plan
  • Pilot with volunteer units/departments
  • Implement across the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support


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