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UMKC Strategic Plan: Embrace Diversity Susan B. Wilson, Ph.D. MBA Vice Chancellor, Division of Diversity and Inclusion.

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1 UMKC Strategic Plan: Embrace Diversity Susan B. Wilson, Ph.D. MBA Vice Chancellor, Division of Diversity and Inclusion

2 Goals and Focus Achieve the vision of a diverse and inclusive university environment –To embrace diversity in all aspects of university life, creating Inclusive environments Culturally competent citizens Globally oriented curricula and programs

3 Broad Definition of Diversity for Division Includes all the ways in which individuals and groups differ in characteristics, experience and multiplicity of human expression. –Race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, and socio- economic or veteran status are but parts of the broad diversity that UMKC values and seeks to cultivate for the individual and collective transformation and excellence that can be generated. Diversity reaches across the institution to promote access, respect, inclusiveness, support and cultural awareness in all of UMKC’s working, learning and living environments so that a welcoming community is evident throughout.

4 Expanded Scope and Focus of Division Students Faculty Staff University Community External Community

5 Division of Diversity and Inclusion Collaborative –No one office or division can implement organizational change and transformation Strategic –All diversity initiatives are tied to overall critical success factors for UMKC Engaged Stakeholders –Feedback and tracking emerging issues is important to success

6 Strategic Areas Diversity and Inclusion is linked to the key success factors of the university such as enrollment, retention, graduation through 6 components: –Access, representation, and success –Climate and campus environment –Responsive teaching, research and experimental learning –Community Engagement –UMKC and urban community in partnership –Institutional resources and infrastructure

7 Diversity and Inclusion Updates “Embrace Diversity” plan and new Vice Chancellor of Diversity introduced April 2014 Chancellor’s Diversity Council and Division partnership in implementation phase

8 Strategic Plan Implementation Diversity VC hired Diversity Training and Faculty Development Committee organizational meeting held in October Academic Unit diversity planning launching early November Student Climate Survey Initiative forming

9 Other initiatives Diversity Dashboard Chancellor’s LGBT Leadership Council formed African American Leadership Council in the Planning Stages Faculty Diversity project awards process coming

10 How You Can Participate Provide Feedback—we need your perspectives! Serve or identify faculty for Diversity Council Contribute ideas to your academic unit’s diversity strategic planning process Spread the word

11 Other Strategic Diversity Initiatives Diversity Council revamped to include more faculty Diversity integrated into performance evaluation Diversity Data Dashboard—draft completed Faculty diversity project awards New D & I website to launch in December 2014

12 7 th Annual Pride Lecture Dustin Lance Black Screenwriter, Producer, Director, Social Activist Won the Academy Award® and two WGA Awards for Best Original Screenplay for MILK, the biopic of the late civil rights activist Harvey Milk starring Sean Penn. Founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) which successfully led the Federal Case against Prop 8 in CA with lawyers David Boise and Ted Olson.

13 Social Justice Lecture Rebecca Skloot Author The author of the No. 1 New York Times Bestseller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” She has worked as a correspondent for WNYC's Radiolab and PBS's Nova ScienceNOW. She and her father, Floyd Skloot, co-edited The Best American Science Writing This work was part of a University Community “read in.” It discusses legal and ethical issues related to medical research in poor, diverse communities.

14 D&I Lecture Series The UMKC Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series brings national thought leaders on campus to offer ideas and perspectives that elevate the discourse in Kansas City on issues of social justice, equity and advocacy. 7 th Annual Pride Lecture | Oct 21, 2014 | 6 pm - Pierson Auditorium Dustin Lance Black - Screenwriter, Producer, Director, Social Activist 5 th Annual Social Justice Book Lecture | Nov 13, 2014 | 6 pm - Pierson Auditorium Rebecca Skloot - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 8 th Annual MLK Lecture | Jan 26, 2015 | 6 pm - Pierson Auditorium Nikki Giovanni - An Evening of Poetry Love and Enlightenment 7 th Annual Cesar Chavez Lecture | April 2015 | TBD

15 Social Justice Related Screenings and Discussions Sponsored by the UMKC University Libraries Film Screening and Panel Discussion| Oct 26, 2014 | 2 pm – Miller Nichols Learning Center, Room 451 Cancer Cell Research: The Way of all Flesh – The story of Henrietta Lacks and her cells Film Screening| Oct 29, 2014 | 12 pm – School of Medicine, Theater Cancer Cell Research: The Way of all Flesh – The story of Henrietta Lacks and her cells Book Discussion| Oct 29, 2015 | 6 pm – Miller Nichols Library, iX Theater The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – by Rebecca Skloot

16 Thanks for your time and attention! Your feedback and input is welcome!


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