Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)
The Office for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) works to recognize and value the range of human differences, ensuring fairness and justice in the distribution of resources and opportunities, creating a welcoming and supportive environment where all members of the community can fully participate while fostering a sense of connection and acceptance within the campus community.
Our mission is to work to collaboratively with university constituents to cultivate a welcoming environment for all individuals. We celebrate and honor all intersecting identities through civic engagement, comprehensive trainings, and diverse academic initiatives. We are dedicated to the implementation of policies and the use of best practices that explore multicultural and social competencies while placing innovation, inclusion, and belonging at the forefront. We strive to be agents of change that propels campus culture into an inclusive and diverse learning environment for all.
We envision a future where all individuals feel a sense of belonging, value, respect, and empowerment. Creating an institution where differences are celebrated and drive innovation, creativity, and excellence.
Our values guide our work and serve as the foundation for our campus culture. We are committed to:
- Respect and Civility: We believe we are responsible for promoting respect and civility in the workplace. This included developing policies that promote civil discourse, teaching employees about the importance of showing respect in the workplace, and responding to reports of bias or unfair practices.
- Social Justice and Advocacy: We work to ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and given equal opportunities. We advocate for social justice initiatives, creating resources to educate individuals about social justice issues, and working with campus constituents to foster a more just campus community.
- Community Engagement: We strive to build relationships between the office of DEIB and the campus community. We do this by being a hub for campus resources, being available for and engaging in dialogue with students, faculty, and staff, and providing trainings to various departments and organizations across campus.
- Collaboration and Partnerships: We actively pursue developing partnerships with other organizations to advance our shared goals. This includes creating joint initiatives, engaging in collaborative research, and forming strategic alliances to best manage our budgets and resources.
- Institutional Commitment and Growth: We are responsible for ensuring that the institution is committed to its mission, vision, and values. This includes developing policies to support the institutional mission, conducting research to inform strategic decisions, and providing resources to help the institution grow and succeed.
- Access and Opportunity: We are responsible for ensuring that everyone has the same access to opportunities. This includes providing resources to underserved communities, advocating for policies that promote equity, and working with employers to increase diversity and a sense of belonging in the workplace.