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Reflective Process for Diversity to advance
The special assistant to the president for diversity discusses a transformative university-wide diversity initiative—and how it will affect the entire campus community.
What is the Reflective Process for Diversity?
TU’s Reflective Process is a university-wide institutional transformation process for diversity. The process is informed by a document developed by a joint task force on diversity of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASC&U) and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). This document, Now is the Time: Meeting the Challenge for a Diverse Academy, uses reflection as a key means for affecting change. Our Reflective Process for Diversity is different from all other campus diversity initiatives because it will include all campus stakeholders, including administrators, faculty, staff, and students. All members of our campus community will have the opportunity to reflect upon personal, departmental and divisional approaches to diversity, develop diversity goals, and maintain an ongoing campus dialogue.
Would you tell me more about the Reflective Process logo?
We selected the Include U logo because it highlights the inclusiveness of the process. This process intentionally includes all members of our campus community and allows them to provide input in setting departmental goals that affect the work they do on a daily basis.
TU’s Reflective Process for Diversity is proactive by design. TU has made great strides for diversity and the Reflective Process will only continue to advance our successes. Some people, upon hearing about the process, have assumed that this initiative was developed as a reaction against something we have done wrong. That is definitely not the case. This process is designed to help us both identify what we are already doing well and to identify what we could be doing better.
What happens after the Reflective Process has been brought to all of the faculty and/or staff members of a particular division or college?
Many faculty and staff members have already participated in Reflective Process departmental meetings and have helped their departments set diversity goals. Next, we will be carrying their messages back to vice presidents and/or deans and supporting the development of divisional diversity goals. Faculty and staff will then be given the opportunity to participate in open forums for the purpose of sharing their experiences, hearing about the results of the departmental sessions and learning about departmental and divisional diversity goals.
Where can I learn more about the Reflective Process?
Visit the recently launched Web site: Reflective Process for Diversity
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