SRU joins NADOHE to advance inclusion and diversity initiatives

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Slippery Rock University has joined the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education as it continues to develop the institution’s diversity and inclusion strategic plan.

Feb. 3, 2021

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University has joined the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education as an institutional member. The NADOHE, an organization with more than 1,100 members representing 750 colleges and universities, serves as the voice for chief diversity officers in higher education. NADOHE's mission is to lead higher education towards inclusive excellence through institutional transformation.

"Our gaining NADOHE membership is yet another way SRU is striving toward a more inclusive campus community," said SRU President William Behre. "We're pleased with the efforts we've made with diversity and inclusion, but we're never satisfied. Because of the changing societal landscape, it's important that the University continues to improve in these areas. Part of improving is gaining exposure to ideas on a national level, and that's how our NADOHE membership will help us."

SRU's new affiliation was led by Terrence Mitchell, who last summer was hired as SRU's special assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion. Mitchell was a founding member of NADOHE, serving on the organization's caretakers committee in 2006, when he was the assistant to the president for institutional diversity at Allegheny College. Allegheny and more than 110 other institutions are charter members of NADOHE.

Terrence Mitchell

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"We're excited to have SRU as part of the national conversation about diversity and inclusion in higher education," Mitchell said. "As we continue to develop the University's forthcoming diversity and inclusion strategic plan, it's important to be aligned with the best practices and standards that are shared through NADOHE."

As part of the NADOHE mission, the organization guides institutions toward the attainment of the following goals:

  • Produce and disseminate empirical evidence through research to inform diversity initiatives.
  • Identify and circulate exemplary practices.
  • Provide professional development for current and aspiring diversity officers.
  • Inform and influence national and local policies.
  • Create and foster networking opportunities.

To learn more about NADOHE, visit www.nadohe.org. More information about diversity at SRU is available on the SRU website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Justin Zackal | 724.738.4854  | justin.zackal@sru.edu