2011-2012 Unit and Campus Change Team Achievements

(based on May 2012 Reports; July 27, 2012)

Individual UCT Reports are found by clicking the links in the table:  http://www.d.umn.edu/chancellor/climate/strategies.html

Goal 2 - Create a positive and inclusive campus climate for all by advancing equity, diversity, and social justice.

Action Step

UCT

General Description of Activities

1. Create a campus definition of equity, diversity, and social justice and share these understandings with all students, staff, and faculty

LSBE

  • Held school-wide open discussion/information sessions with faculty, staff and student organization leaders to communicate campus climate efforts and share diversity practices/ideas.
  • Worked with Dean to provide message to all students in early Spring semester with information about connecting with faculty and campus resources.
  • Formalized 2011-2012 Unit Change Team Membership through invitation.  

SCSE

Articulated 1) SCSE Mission Statement on Diversity and 2) Why Diversity Matters to SCSE.

Campus Change Team (CCT)

Developed definitions for equity, diversity, and social justice, posted them on the web, and sent them to ECCA at the end of December 2011 for campus-wide discussion and approval.

Action Step

UCT

General Description of Actives

2. Implement effective, measurable processes to recruit, retain, and support diverse students, faculty and staff.

Advancement

Sponsored a “Historic Duluth Tour” and potluck dinner for International Students (March 13).

Academic Affairs

Formed 3 subgroups: students, staff, and faculty.  Discussed associated diversity and equity issues.

Commission on Disabilities

Co-sponsored reception with Office of Disability Resources and the Office of Cultural Diversity to recognize graduates and student leaders (April 25).

LSBE

Established LSBE tutoring service for students enrolled in FMIS 3301 and 3601 with the goal to provide underrepresented students academic support (the service is available to all students)

Commission on Women

Awarded grants to improve retain and support women: 1) furniture for new lactation room; 2) professional development funds to attend conferences; 3) equipment for the Children’s Place; 4) Tea at the Tweed; 5) speakers or entertainers; 6) supported Heads Leadership Program.

GLBTQA Commission

Worked with Academic Affairs and Student Life to address focused recruiting, data gathering, and housing options for GLBTQA students.

SCSE

Identified 5-year enrollment targets for SCSE:  1) Increase % of American Indian, Black, Hispanic and female students and 2) started work to determine why current %s are low.

CEHSP

Established Velcro Connect, a student mentoring program.

CCT

  • Initiated Multicultural Living Learning Community in Residence Hall (Fall 2011)
  • Collaborated with others to submit proposals to McNair Program US Dept of Education) and program to reduce domestic and sexual violence (US Dept of Justice).
  • Partnered with CSS on “Best Recruitment and Search” Procedures workshop.

Action Step

UCT

General Description of Activities

3. Update, implement, and rigorously enforce all policies and procedures that advance cultural diversity and social justice.

American Indian

Formed the American Indian UCT and an executive sub-committee.  Both provided assistance, internal and external communications, and recommendations for actions as the campus responded to issues associated with the UMD/UND Hockey game, the Unfair Campaign, and others.

Advancement

  • Updated/improved UMD Development website to support diversity including requesting donations and providing a list of campus programs/funds that support diversity.
  • Worked with other units to improve student athletic spectator code to 1) eliminate hate speech at UMD Men’s Hockey Games and other UMD sporting events, 2) allow for better enforcement of code, 3) publicize and raise awareness and understanding of UMD Student Conduct Code.
  • Discussed promotion of “How to Report Hate incidents” using a variety of media.  

CLA

  • Formed an investigative team to determine campus “tabling” policy.
  • Defined what boundaries of “Freedom of Speech” are and what we mean by freedom of speech as a Constitutional Right.

Commission on Disabilities

  • Completed two Access Walks covering interior of campus (March 28, April 11).
  • Met with Roberta Juarez, UM Coordinator of Disability Services to discuss result of Access Walks.
  • Recommended numerous campus changes to increase accessibility.

LSBE

Garnered support for changing two restrooms on the 3rd floor of LSBE to unisex/gender-neutral restrooms (one men’s, one women’s; single-stall restrooms located by department offices).

Student Association

  • Recommended that prospective students be able to select more than one racial/ethnic group on the UMD application.  
  • Supported more gender neutral bathrooms on campus.
  • Educated UMD students about impact of hateful hockey chants; promote good sportsmanship.  
  • Strengthened our relationship with the Multicultural Center. Participated in and promoted 2012 Spat Out.  Solicited comments on how to improve campus diversity through “Yell like Hell”.

Finance and Operations

Worked with UM HR to obtain data on diversity hires.  

Multicultural Center

Supported more gender neutral bathrooms on campus.  1) two Kirby Plaza and two Bagley Nature Center restrooms were converted to GNR in April; 2) Chancellor stated that at least one GNR will be included in future building renovations and in new buildings; 3) campus signage will be updated to show GNR; 4) worked with UMD FM for changes in UM standards regarding GNR.

Student Life

Started researching policy and procedures for inclusive holiday celebrations on the UMD campus .

CCT

  • Participated in campus committee to propose “Crisis Response” Team and Procedures.
  • Made recommendations to Leadership Team to reduce hostile and hateful comments on Student Evaluation Forms.

Action Step

UCT

General Description of Activities

4. Develop and begin to implement a plan to serve indigenous people through the recruitment of students, staff and faculty, the enhancement of curriculum, and partnerships with tribal governments.

American Indian Programs

Formed UCT representing American Indian peoples from different programs at UMD. This was an important extension of efforts over the last couple of years to have representatives from each AI program part of a larger council of planning, communication, and response efforts.

Action Step

UCT

General Description of Activities

5. Evaluate progress toward and support of diversity and climate initiatives as an explicit part of performance reviews of campus leadership. Conduct a longitudinal survey and assessment of campus climate and diversity initiatives every three years, disseminating results and integrating findings into academic and student life.

LSBE

  • Conducted audit of LSBE building to determine accessibility for individuals with physical disabilities.  Recommend low-cost, internal modifications based on audit to LSBE Administrative Committee (June 2012).
  • Invited Junhua Wang, FMIS faculty member who teaches Business Communications, to present her published research that examines the cultural competencies of LSBE students to all LSBE faculty (Fall 2012).

Medicine

Created and administered climate survey for School of Medicine.  Discussed with Dean Davis and also presented to entire School with small group discussions following presentation.

CCT

  • Conducted Student Focus Groups for GLBT, Disabled, and Women students.
  • Developed Climate survey for faculty/staff.  Recommended assessment plan to Leadership Team.  Work with ad hoc committee reviewing student surveys. Work on Climate survey for students (S2013)

Action Step

UCT

General Description of Activities

6. Integrate cultural diversity, cultural competence, and social justice topics into the curriculum and campus life, using an enhanced liberal education theme on cultural diversity as a core of this effort.

American Indian Programs

Planned a number of events (ie. speaker series) over the next academic year that will contribute to a cross-campus education effort.

Advancement

Created “Community Conversations” KUMD Radio Program:  1) African American Community in Duluth (Feb. 2012); 2) Native American, Disabilities, and LGBT programs are planned for F2012.  

CLA

Created “Wall of Response” in response to incident by Youth for Western Civilization.

Diversity Commission

  • Created Curriculum Integration Resource Web Site for UMD faculty, administration, and staff.  Website has been adopted by the Leadership Team for campus wide usage.  
  • Created campus-wide theme to help develop cultural awareness among students, staff, faculty, administration and community.  1) What is America? Lecture Series: Continuing the Dialogue about how we came to be here?; 2)  Pastures of Plenty: How did you come to be here?

SFA

Created “Inside the Artist’s Studio”, a new series of multifaceted informal talks about what it means to be an “Artist” in today’s world.

Student Life

Developed educational sessions and opportunities for consciousness-raising and awareness for the division of Student Life and the campus:  1) Tim Wise (Feb 2012); 2) Anton Treuer (April 2012)

Action Step

UCT

General Description of Activities

7. Develop partnerships with the surrounding community around diversity and social justice initiatives.

AISES

  • Strengthened and increased membership of AISES.  
  • Visited legislators at state capitol in support of the proposed AILRC building.
  • Completed school supplies drive at Woodland Middle School.  

Diversity Commission

Initiated community outreach and partnership with ISD 709.

CEHSP

Developed and supported partnerships with ISD 709 (Observed Duluth School’s Study Ball program; brought storytelling and cultural awareness into classrooms; ISD PASS students and UMD PSY 1003 students worked on service learning project).

Action Step

UCT

General Description of Activities

8. Enhance orientation programs and special training opportunities for all members of the UMD community that promote equity, diversity and social justice.

Academic Affairs

Discussed opportunities to engage students:  1) diversity day during Welcome Week; 2) consultants to provide "train the trainer" type workshops for Welcome Week workers and UMD Seminar instructors, and other faculty as well, with "how to integrate this into the curriculum".

LSBE

  • Held teams-training workshops for faculty (voluntary) including strategies for the effective use of teams in classes that also address issues raised by underrepresented students in focus groups conducted a few years ago, such as team selection/assignment, team forming activities, establishment of team norms, team monitoring, and team evaluation.  Approximately 12 faculty members attended.
  • Discussed ways to strengthen communication between LSBE UCT and LSBE.  Discussed in-service day for faculty.

CLA

Addressed institutional oppression: train faculty – might need to be mandatory on how a curriculum can be inadvertently be exclusive and how to formulate an integrative curriculum. Addressed embedded issues of exclusion and how faculty can be allies.

Multicultural Center

Increased Campus Awareness about the Multicultural Center by training Admissions Office tour guides.

Finance and Operations

Offered Respectful Workplace sessions to UMD employees.

CCT

  • Facilitated second Train the Trainers workshop (May 2012).
  • Facilitated Intercultural Development Program for Leadership Team and other administrators.

Other

  • UMD received UM Equity and Diversity Outstanding Unit Award.
  • Created and maintained UMD Campus Climate website.
  • Met with Mitch Hammer.