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May 2017 Campus Life and Student Success, G

G, Be a Diverse Community of Inclusive Excellence:

Diversity and Inclusion/Campus Climate

Through the recommendations provided by the Stetson community through the Campus Climate Survey process and additions made by the leadership of CLaSS, 20 initiatives related to campus climate have been identified over which CLaSS will have direct responsibility and leadership. These can be broken into four categories: Administrative Tasks, Communication/Transparency, Staff Development, and Programming/Outreach.

From auditing the inclusivity of our web presence to hosting open forums for ongoing discussion, these efforts should contribute substantially to improving campus climate. The initiatives are presented below, in full. Highlights of actions already taking place include:

On April 12, Student Government Association will be hosting the first campus climate open forum with the President's Cabinet as invited panelists.

Due to a generous donation from Florida Blue, we have hired a full-time Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion. This gift also will be used to launch an alumni mentoring program and to support more student initiatives toward inclusive excellence.

Programming is happening on campus, such as "hot wings and hot topics" in the residence halls and the weekly wrap-up in the cafeteria, where students, faculty and staff can have space to learn more and respectfully debate about current topics. 

Administrative Tasks

Conduct a language and services audit of CLaSS forms and websites.

Create DeLand Student Bias-Related Incident protocol with faculty/staff and College of Law processes to follow.

Create Title IX and Equity website.

Secure funding for Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion.

Communication/Transparency

Develop and market an LGBTQ+ Campus Guide identifying resources related to gender identity and expression.

Explore opportunities to appropriately increase transparency and inclusion in Title IX processes at DeLand and the College of Law.

Host campus climate open forums.

Implement student feedback process similar to course evaluations for CLaSS staff working directly with students. 

Staff Development

Examine the quality of veterans' services and identify the best location for the office.

Identify a plan for balancing race/ethnicity-specific initiatives within broader inclusion context.

Increase capacity of CLaSS staff to be leaders in a pluralistic society.

Increase frequency and locations for Safe Zone and Inclusion 101 and 102, Kognito, and other diversity, inclusion, and equity trainings and topics for students, faculty and staff.

Increase representational racial diversity of professional and para-professional staff.

Programming/Outreach

Develop and launch an alumni mentoring program for students to expand the current program in Athletics.

Develop and launch programming to address how to have difficult dialogues.

Increase chaplain activity including, but not limited to, inclusive chapels/spiritual gathering time and weekly suggested calls to action.

Increase impactful sexual assault prevention and sexual health initiatives targeted for LGBTQ+ students and students with disabilities.

Launch "Where Hungry Minds Gather" initiatives (where students can invite faculty to a meal to discuss a current topic, funded by a retired faculty member).

Launch citizenship development programming.

Support the City of DeLand on the inclusion portions of its strategic planning.