Message from VP of OIDI
VP UPDATES - Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak
Staff in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) and Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) continue to explore and implement new ways to serve the campus community remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. While the pandemic has touched all of our lives, some populations, such as first-generation students, underrepresented minority students, international students, LGBTQ students, and students with disabilities, are especially vulnerable to the impact. Therefore, the staff members in both offices have intentionally reached out to learn about the experiences and challenges of these individuals to support them more effectively. In particular, the CDI staff contacted more than 150 CDI-affiliated students to hear their stories and provide encouragement and assistance. Check-ins continue regularly. Likewise, the OIDI staff has hosted online affinity group sessions and reinstituted its Heart-to-Heart Conversations to sustain connections with faculty and staff and offer support and strategies for their overall well-being.
Summer Institute on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Centers
Xavier University was recently informed of its selection for participation in the Summer Institute on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. The Summer Institute is sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to address the historical and contemporary effects of race and racism within communities. AAC&U is partnering with higher education institutions to develop campus centers that prepare strategic leaders to promote racial healing and catalyze efforts to address structural inequities grounded in notions of a racial hierarchy. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Summer Institute will be conducted remotely in June. At that time, Xavier’s five-member team will develop a transformative action plan that includes intended outcomes and assessment strategies. Dr. Janice Walker and Dr. Kyra Shahid are members of the team.
Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards Application
This summer, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will apply for the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The INSIGHT Into Diversity’s HEED Award measures an institution’s level of achievement and commitment to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through various initiatives, programs, and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff. The application requires the submission of information that covers all aspects of diversity and inclusion on campus. Any college or university in the US and Canada may apply. By assessing all aspects of diversity and inclusion at Xavier, Xavier can build on its successes and make improvements.
2020 Pulse Climate Survey
The Climate Survey Leadership Team (CSLT) recommended canceling the 2020 Pulse Climate Survey after reviewing factors that conflict with the scheduled launch and participation of the campus community. The team will reconvene in August to explore various options for assessing the campus climate during the 2020-21 academic year.
Institutional Leadership Statements
Fundamental to its educational mission is Xavier's deep-seated commitments to equity and inclusion. The following leadership statements and institutional policies express those commitments in relation to the educational excellence that is our hallmark.