At long last Concordia University St. Paul has a diversity plan to accompany its strategic plan. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan was posted last week on the University portal.
Effective strategic planning has been at the heart of CSP’s phenomenal growth and success over the last decade. A number of our academic, academic-support, and co-curricular units have produced their own strategic plans, which are doing wonders to align these departments with the goals and objectives of the university’s comprehensive strategic plan.
Diversity overlays every part of the university and is one of the five core values in the Concordia Promise. A strong commitment to a multicultural environment has been a strategic advantage to the university. The release of this formal plan crystalizes the university’s intention to operate in and as a multicultural milieu. The plan also identifies gaps between our reality and our aspirations and helps map out a path to bridge those gaps.
I am excited to have this document in all of our hands as a living plan which, just like the strategic plan, will not “sit on the shelf” but will help us actualize our dreams of meeting the needs of the diverse populations that continue to flock to our university community. I encourage you to give it a careful reading, discuss it with colleagues, and refer to it often.
While many contributors helped shape the plan, special thanks go to the C.A.R.E. Committee (Coalition for Acceptance, Respect, and Equity) for all the research, thought, time, energy and passion they invested in its development and presentation. The committee began this endeavor nearly two years ago. They consulted students and various campus units to gather insight and input into the realities and needs of our campus populations. Assumptions, data and experiences were intensely discussed and debated, thus resulting in the goals and strategies that comprise this important document.
The members of the C.A.R.E. Committee include: Dr. Cheryl Chatman (Chair), Dr. Kris Bransford, Dr. Basma Ibrahim DeVries, Mr. Charles Hines, Ms. Kate Larson, Ms. Tiffani Loeb-Schneider, Ms. Carolina Mendez, Mr. Adrian Perryman, Prof. Matt Ryan, Prof. Cate Vermeland, Dr. Laura Wangsness-Willemsen and Ms. Louisa Vang (Meeting Planner & Recorder). I want to publicly thank them and all who contributed to this effort.
Grace and peace to you.