The Office of Equity and Diversity provides leadership, oversight, and an infrastructure for the College of Education and Human Ecology's initiatives. The key objective is to help the various units of the college diversity, our student body, faculty, staff, and programs to foster a climate that recognized and celebrates cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, linguistic, socio-linguistic, sexual orientation, and other diversity.
We see ourselves as a supportive resource for the schools and departments, where faculty and staff are hired, students are recruited and graduated, and a wide variety of diversity programs are delivered. Our current enrollment (PDF) encompasses approximately 615 people of color and 210 students from around the globe. And one in five of our faculty members is a person of color, while 15 percent of our staff are members of minorities.
The office is proud that our college provides a stimulating yet comfortable climate for our students to learn about and appreciate the value of diversity. For several decades our curriculum has emphasized multicultural and our research has provided invaluable insight into issues surrounding equity and diversity in our society.
The four specific priorities that this office focuses on are:
- Introducing all students in the college to students from diverse backgrounds.
- Providing academic and cultural support for faculty, staff, and students.
- Promoting positive awareness throughout the college for the value of diversity in our academic community.
- Increasing everyone's awareness of how ethnic, cultural, and other forms of diversity impact society.
Beverly Gordon, PhD
Assistant to the Director
Adjuncts to the Office of Equity and Diversity are faculty members and graduate assistants from the College of Education and Human Ecology's three academic departments.