Diversity Task Force
Update: September 5, 2013
On May 29, 2013, the Diversity Task Force Chairs submitted the final report to Mr. Alger and his Senior Leadership Team for review. Meetings have taken place between the Diversity Task Force Chairs and leadership for each division on campus to discuss the results and the approach to implementing recommendations. In response, Dr. Jerry Benson, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, has created a Provost's Faculty Diversity Committee who are respectively researching faculty recruitment and retention best practices. Mr. Rick Larson, AVP of Human Resources Training and Development, has brought together a team to work with the Diversity Task Force Chairs on the recommendations relative to recruitment and employment best practices. These meetings are ongoing as committees and teams are formed to begin working on the recommendations. We will continue to update the progress of this work here for you.
In December 2012, President Alger created the Diversity Task Force to research the recruitment and retention efforts relative to faculty, staff and students. The task force is chaired by Dr. David Owusu-Ansah, Dr. Robert Kolvoord, Ms. Casey Carter, Mr. James Robinson and Mr. Art Dean.
The purpose of the task force committee was to conduct research and collect information/data on programs, ideas, research and efforts relative to diversity. We asked all students and constituents to submit information/data that they believe could enhance the recruitment, retention and campus environment relative to all forms of diversity: (not limited to but including: socio-economic status and background, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran/military service status, geographic and/or any combination). Information and data were collected through a variety of mediums including: Electronic surveys, comment cards, email, round table discussion forums and focus groups. The information/data collected was categorized under the following recommendation areas: Community/Combination, Faculty & A/P Faculty, Staff, Student, University Wide and Research for Best Practices.