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1 The Role of Faculty & Staff in the Journey of Cultural Diversity Ernesto B. Villarreal, M.Ed. Director of Diversity Services Milligan College

2 Three Categories of Impact World-wide Perspective Expanding Quality of Conversations Permanent Change through Permanent Residents “If the quality of a school can be measured by the quality of its conversations, then a school with limited or narrow stories to tell cannot be truly great.” – Joe Healey

3 Before You Begin 1.Campus-Wide Initiative 2.Marathon not a Sprint 2a. Avoid Knee-Jerk Reactions

4 Tips for Laying the Groundwork What is a Vision? – A vivid, imaginative, conception or anticipation – Image that drives you to obtain your goal

5 Tips for Laying the Groundwork On a piece of paper, answer this question: When you’re done, what does your institution look like? Curriculum? Student Body? Faculty & Staff? Admissions Process? Fundraising?

6 Tips for Laying the Groundwork Stakeholders Members of your local community Representatives of the population you seek to serve Invite their opinions Find out what it takes to get their buy-in

7 Tips for Laying the Groundwork Communicate your Vision Plant seeds in your institution Be innovative in your communication style

8 Tips for Laying the Groundwork Illicit Feedback After communicating your vision, ask for opinions Respond to feedback

9 Tips for Laying the Groundwork Delegation of Duties Chief Diversity Officer Why? Internal or External Candidate? Organizational Structure Two things every Chief Diversity Officer should have: Administrative support TRUST

10 Tips for Recruiting Remove more than one Hurdle Recruitment Style – College is a family decision – Language – Community Organizations & Churches

11 Tips for Retention Create “Familia” Mentorship Opportunity Annual Goals/Objectives

12 Completion Institutional – Are our permanent residents developing more effective methods of engaging Latino students? – Are we, as an institution, taking the right steps to becoming a Latino friendly campus?

13 Completion Students – Are we providing our students intentional experiences with Latino culture? – Are we preparing students to effectively engage and interact with Latino culture? – Are we preparing Latino students to effectively engage the cultures around them?

14 Completion Alumni – Are we producing Latino alumni? – Are we producing Latino alumni that will serve as leaders in the Latino community?

15 Concluding Thoughts Opportunity to Influence a Growing Culture This is a difficult but worthwhile work Tools – Book: “Neither Jew nor Gentile” by George Yancey – Article: “Unity in Diversity” by Caitlin Gipson

16 Q&A Ernesto B. Villarreal Director of Diversity Services Milligan College Phone:


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