Presidents Diversity Council

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Historically, the University of Idaho has a progression of leading initiatives and practices that highlight not only its commitment to diversity, but the fundamental essentialness of diversity to the University's character–it's part of our central mission and obligation as a land-grant university and our status as a leading research institution.

Some examples of how the University's commitment to diversity is demonstrated in tangible ways include the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, the CAMP program, the establishment of programs such as the Women’s Center, Multicultural Affairs, the LGBTQA Office and the Native American Student Center. We have certificate programs in Diversity and Stratification, as well as Global Justice, and have courses of study in Latin American and Native American studies.

A fully committed and active Diversity Council will enable us to work towards a University of Idaho in which diversity is woven into all we do: in our courses; in our research; in the type of individuals we select as our students, faculty and staff; and in how we welcome and include diversity in our work places and our classrooms.

We must demonstrate tangibly, with depth and breadth, the Goal Four Team's “Our Culture, Our Commitment” statement, which, says in part, that our “University is a nurturing place to learn and work, where people are engaged, friendly and helpful. We are committed to ongoing, honest self-examination of our current organization, culture and climate, and to continuous improvement in each these areas.”
Student Recruitment and Retention
Student Recruitment & Retention
Identify strategies for, as well as current barriers to, increasing the diversity of the University of Idaho student body by examining current recruitment and retention initiatives and developing recommendations for assessment, improvement and accountability.
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Faculty Recruitment and Retention
Faculty Recruitment & Retention
Identify strategies for, as well as current barriers to, increasing the diversity of the University of Idaho faculty, by examining current recruitment and retention initiatives as well as hiring and promotional policies and practices and developing recommendations for assessment, improvement and accountability.
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Staff Recruitment and Retention
Staff Recruitment & Retention
Identify strategies for, as well as current barriers to, increasing the diversity of the University of Idaho staff, by examining current recruitment and retention initiatives as well as hiring and promotional policies and practices and developing recommendations for assessment, improvement and accountability.
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Multicultural Curriculum and Cocurriculum
Multicultural Curriculum & Co-Curriculum Development
Inventory and assess multicultural curriculum and co-curricular offerings university-wide and recommend strategies for increased diversity and cohesion within the curriculum and co-curriculum that reflect the interdisciplinary scholarship curriculum development evolution and co-curricular programmatic innovation in which the University is engaged.
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Campus Culture and Climate
Campus Culture & Climate Assessment & Continuous Improvement
Assess campus climate and make recommendations for improvement framed by the University strategic plan and presidential priorities.
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Community and Statewide Engagement
Community & State-Wide Engagement
Inventory diversity-focused statewide programs and outreach and recommend innovative approaches for integrated and strategically planned diversity goals and objectives that engage the many communities served by the University of Idaho.
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