Inspired by student and staff insights, the Student Life planning team initially developed over twenty objectives and hundreds of action items aimed at significantly improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) on campus. Informed by current capacity and anticipated resources, Student Life then developed a focus for key priorities over the next five years.
These strategic and iterative priorities can be summarized in the framework of Strengthen, Innovate, Assess. Responsive to student and staff feedback, the prioritized objectives aim to:
Strengthen our work by increasing the capacity of existing best practice programs and initiatives and by stabilizing funding, improving coordination and building linkages with current work devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion;
Invest in some strategic and intentional areas for innovation to improve enrichment and development opportunities; and
Develop our assessment infrastructure to inform future development and resource allocation.
The Strengthen, Innovate, Assess framework assisted in prioritizing the following five-year Student Plan objectives and Staff Plan objectives for Student Life’s DEI Strategic Plan. Relying on this iterative framework, we also include the remaining objectives developed with our staff and student planning teams to inform future DEI efforts, pending capacity and potential future resource allocation (see Appendix J).