In November 2016, President Michael Schill and Provost Scott Coltrane instructed each administrative unit, school and college to create a Diversity Action Plan in line with the president’s priorities and the IDEAL Framework with its five pillars of inclusion, diversity, evaluation, achievement, and leadership.
To work on their individual plans, each unit, school or college received a template and had opportunities to engage with consultants at a campus leadership workshop and in one-on-one sessions. The Division of Equity and Inclusion also provided units with access to online resources, workshop and training opportunities, and other assistance.
Units were asked to identify tactics, measures, resources, and lead personnel over a three-year timeline. The plans also identified specific target groups, such as students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni for each tactic.
In April 2017. each UO school, college and administrative unit submitted a diversity action plan. All of the diversity action plans have now been reviewed by the academic and administrative review teams with input from the University Senate. Over half of the plans were promising and contained realistic and innovative ideas and action plans. About half needed some refinement and elaboration.
Other plans were nearly ready for implementation and included best practices, specific details, measurable tactics, solid evaluation plans and necessary identified resources, while a handful of the units need further guidance and support to revise their plans.
Plans included a variety of creative and innovative ideas, from new internship and outreach programs to hiring and retention initiatives, restructuring of committee work, reworking of policies, reallocating resources in more equitable and inclusive ways, aligning programs with promising practices, improving and enhancing departmental climate and expanding traditional notions of diversity.
In addition to Alex-Assensoh, the review teams consisted of:
- Karen Ford, divisional dean of humanities and special advisor to the provost
- Gordon Hall, Division of Equity and Inclusion
- Mariann Hyland, assistant vice provost
- Melanie Muenzer, associate vice president for academic administration and chief of staff
- Kevin Marbury, interim vice president for student life
- Angela Wilhelms, secretary of the university
- Steve Robinson, assistant vice president and chief of staff, student services and enrollment management
- Jamie Moffitt, vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer
- Bill Harbaugh and Chris Sinclair, University Senate contributors
The process will also include collaboration and input from the general counsel, finance and administration, faculty and staff unions, community partners and student leadership.
In fall 2017, units will have the opportunity to revise and submit updated plans. Summaries of the revised diversity action plans will be shared publically to allow groups to learn from each other and be accountable to their proposals.
Implementation, which some units have already begun, and public sharing of individual plans with the university will occur during the 2017-18 academic year.