Initiative G: Be a Diverse Community of Inclusive Excellence
Updated Friday, March 16, 2018
This is a three-part series about the work of three Stetson University alumni to help the current generation of students understand what they had to go through to help integrate Stetson University in 1964, making it one of the first in Florida to admit African-American students.
Inclusive Implementation Strategy Group held a workshop on Values Day and an initial survey to hear definitions of diversity and inclusivity from across the Stetson community. Wanting to be sure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, the group re-launched the survey in January.
Stetson will host its annual DeLand MLK Breakfast on Jan. 15. The breakfast, free and open to the public, is at the Hollis Wellness Center's Rinker Field House on campus.
“We are honored to host the annual MLK Breakfast,” said Kevin Winchell, Stetson's associate director of Community Engagement, noting the event has been a tradition at Stetson and in DeLand for decades.
The Stetson Muslim Student Association hosted an open house and dinner at the Islamic Center of Daytona Beach to raise awareness of the university's Muslim community and provide a gathering for Muslim alumni during Homecoming.
The university faculty participated in many of the opportunities to provide input for the Campus Climate Survey and note three issues for further work.
Campus Life and Student Success is supporting the university's exclusive excellence goal by moving initiatives forward through personal, students facing planning and processes.
From DeLand to Gulfport there are multiple initiatives to support the university's foundational goal of inclusive excellence including campus seminars and symposiums based on best practicies in teaching.
April 28, 2017 - Historian chronicles 600 years of racism at Stetson's Social Justice Lecture
April 19, 2017 - Award-winning author and historian to discuss racism in America
College Magazine listed Stetson as one of the country's top 10 culturally dynamic universities stating, "Head over to Stetson if you plan to change the world." The article and designation were reported in media throughout the country.
Starting Feb. 2, Rankin & Associates Consulting will conduct a climate survey on Stetson's campus. Part of the university's initiative toward inclusive excellence, the anonymous survey will collect information on prejudice on campus, and ensure that students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to address issues without obstruction.
At a town hall meeting on the DeLand campus, Sue Rankin, president of Rankin and Associates Consulting, discussed the results of a Campus Climate Study measuring student, faculty and staff experiences in DeLand. A separate study was also conducted at the College of Law campus in Gulfport. Stetson posted the results online so that students, faculty and staff could read the full report.
Vivian Vasiu, 2015 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stetson University and former student assistant editor of Stetson Magazine will continue to call Stetson home as she attends Stetson College of Law in the fall.
This talk, presented by recent Stetson graduate Kimberly Reading, based on her senior thesis research, uncovers the stories of women and African Americans in the settlement of Orange City, Fla. Pulling from the town history beginning in 1875, the stories of pioneering women and African Americans are presented.
During the 2014-15 academic year, 244 Stetson students studied abroad, representing a nearly 13 percent increase from 2012-13. Similarly, Stetson currently has 157 students on campus from 61 foreign countries, an increase of 65 percent since 2011. Stetson student, Caitlin Hannan had always sought a multicultural experience abroad as part of her bachelor's degree in music with an outside field of business. Stetson offered that chance and Hannan spent a semester at the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon, France, studying marketing and management.
For spring break eight Stetson students and one staff member traveled to the heart of Cusco, Peru, and worked with a local school where they taught children math and English, built community with elderly Peruvians in a social center, and worked to assist the school in various projects and tasks throughout the week.
Stetson University will host the 8th annual Bernard Weiner Holocaust Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 9, 2015. This year's speaker will be Dr. Jan T. Gross (pictured right), Polish-born American historian and sociologist.
Financing political campaigns has always been a hotly debated issue. On one side of the argument are those concerned about the freedom of speech that reform might hinder. On the other side are those concerned about the power of the wealthy who might squelch the voice and influence of ordinary citizens.
In fall 2016, Stetson officially launched Many Voices, One Stetson. Through this comprehensive initiative, Stetson sought to provide the community with the space and support needed to have dialogue and civil discussions — conversations within the right framework — that allow all to disagree without being disagreeable. The underlying belief is that "success won't be defined by whether we all agree in the end, but that we have agreed to talk." Since that time a second Campus Climate Survey Report was launched and initiatives have moved to planning for change based on the reports conclusions.