Mission & Goals of the Diversity Committee
The committee’s mission is to promote and support diversity in the college. Toward this end, the committee has action plans associated with each of five goals. The committee is further subdivided into task forces concentrating on meeting and working towards each major goal and composed of overlapping members to maintain communication and solidarity among the entire committee.
These goals will strengthen a rich multicultural and diverse environment among and within students, faculty, and staff both inside and outside the classroom. We hope that all constituents in the college will help contribute to our efforts.
1. Improve the college climate.
Some strategies include: promoting a rich multicultural climate, improving inclusivity and providing education and awareness on the benefits of diversity across the college.
2. Advance the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students.
Some strategies include: structured mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for fellowships, and other support programs.
3. Advance the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and staff.
Some strategies include: staging professional development opportunities (including for mentoring and hiring diverse faculty); pursuing increased financial support for diverse hires; understanding existing, local, and national realities and practices for recruitment and retention; and developing plans for action based on those understandings.
4. Promote education opportunities centered on social equality.
Some strategies include: provide opportunities that educate the college community about knowledges, perspectives, cultures, and histories of marginalized communities and social justice issues; encourage faculty participation in curriculum development via Tilford grants and other internal and external professional development opportunities; reward student engagement related to promoting equality.
5. Communicate information pertinent to diversity opportunities, benefits and needs.
Some strategies include: maintaining an updated website; communicating with department heads; highlighting college diversity programs on K-State Today.