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Submission Date Aug. 2, 2011
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Ball State University
PAE-6: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Dr. Charles Payne
Assistant Provost Diversity
Department of Educational Studies
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

The university has a standing University Diversity Committee and maintains a staffed office of institutional diversity which oversees the breadth of campus-wide initiatives and programs related to diversity and equity on campus.

The Assistant Provost for Diversity is also the Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and serves as the diversity and equity coordinator.

Selection to the University Diversity Committee:

By August 31 each year, the Provost selects new faculty members for the committee and/or re-appoints faculty members whose three-year terms are expiring. The Provost is also responsible for selecting members to fill vacancies for the balance of incomplete terms.

People who are chosen to serve on the committee may be of the Provost’s own choosing, a recommendation to the Provost from a member of the Ball State community, or self-nomination by an interested faculty member. An effort is always made to have representation from every college.

1. Chair of the University Diversity Committee
The Provost will appoint the Chair and Assistant Chair of the University Diversity Committee for approval by the Board of Trustees.

The responsibility of the chair is to preside over Diversity Committee meetings, coordinate the work of the committee, and supervise production of the annual report.

2. Assistant Chair of the University Diversity Committee
By July 1 of each year, the committee may nominate an Assistant Chair of the University Diversity Committee for the following academic year.

After approval by the Board of Trustees, the Assistant Chair will begin service with a one-year term as Assistant Chair and Secretary of the committee. At the end of this first year, pending approval of the Provost and the Board of Trustees, the person will advance to the position as Chair of the Diversity Committee and serve a one-year term. The chair will continue the third year in the position of immediate Past Chair of the Diversity Committee.

Individuals appointed to the Assistant Chair position must commit to a 3 year term of service on the Executive Committee. This means that their term as committee member may have to be extended if they are not selected as assistant chair when initially appointed to the committee

Members of the committee, including affiliations :

University Diversity Committee
1. Sharon Bowman, Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
2. Michele Chiuini, Architecture
3. Inga Hill, Miller College of Business, Co-Chair
4. Sharon Love, Criminal Justice and Criminology
5. Patricia Lovett, Multicultural Center
6. Larry Markle, Disabled Student Development
7. Marcy Meyer, Communication Studies
8. Chris Munchel, Office of Admissions; Charles Haynes-alternate
9. Jacquelyn Nelson, Graduate School
10. Chin-Sook Pak, Modern Languages and Classics, Co-Chair
11. Charles Payne, Assistant Provost for Diversity (ex officio)
12. Katie Slabaugh, Ombudsperson
13. Keisha Warren-Gordon, Criminal Justice and Criminology
14. Maria Williams-Hawkins, Telecommunications
15. Sherry Woosley, Office of Academic Assessment and Institutional Research
16. Terry King, Provost (ex officio)
17. Rhonda Thomas, Human Resources
18. Renmei Xu, Technology
19. Hyun Sook Kim, Theatre

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity office?:

A brief description of the diversity office:

Whereas other initiatives focus on particular aspects of diversity, our equal opportunity and affirmative action policies use a broad definition of diversity referring to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, national origin, ancestry, age, and citizenship.

The Office of Institutional Diversity is not only committed to diversity programming for students; it also supports several faculty development programs as well. The Diversity Associates Program, the Developing Pedagogies to Enhance Excellence Seminar, and the Diversity Seminars are three programs that encourage faculty to explore the relevance of diversity in all classes.

Ball State University is committed to:
•creating innovative courses, programs, and practices that attract, retain, and nurture a diverse university community
•fostering a university environment that enables all who contribute to excel in a culture that is growing ever more diverse

The number of people employed in the diversity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity office is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity coordinator?:

Diversity coordinator’s name:
Dr. Charles Payne

Diversity coordinator's position title:
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity

A brief description of the diversity coordinator's position:

Position Function:
Oversees diversity related mission, activities, and plans for the university. Engages in short and long-range planning and programming for faculty, students, and staff. Represents Academic Affairs in university-wide diversity matters. Acts as the OID's fiscal agent for expanding, revising, and developing programs; serves as university spokesperson for diversity to both internal and external audiences.

1. Provide guidance and assistance in the implementation of Strategic Plan items that relate to diversity.
2. Serve as the spokesperson to internal and external audiences on diversity-related initiatives.
3. Create, organize, and execute diversity training sessions for university personnel, especially faculty.
4. Serve on and provide guidance to the Counsel of Deans on diversity recruitment, hiring, and retention matters, especially as related to faculty.
5. Assist Deans, Department Chairs, and faculty with diversity related activities and funding for same.
6. Lead the selection of Diversity Associates, and maintain curriculum and funding records.
7. Select topics for, and recruit leaders for Diversity Seminars and workshops throughout the academic year.
8. Plan and implement new programs relating to diversity.
9. Advise various campus entities on climate issues for faculty and students. Leads the efforts to improve campus climate for minority populations.
10. Work with other units to promote diversity.
11. Assist the Graduate School with minority recruitment.
12. Manage the OID web site, including relevant information from external sources.
13. Serve as ex officio member to the University Diversity Committee.
14. Coordinate diversity- related activities with the Multicultural Center, such as MLK, Jr. Lecture and concert and the Celebration of Excellence.
15. Manage the GLBT foundation account.
16. Establish and lead a committee for the selection of the Marshall Scholarship.
17. Provide diversity-related information and resources upon request.
18. Regularly meet with the Provost.
19. Perform other related duties as assigned.

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity coordinator is available:

In addition to the University Diversity Committee, the Center for International Programs, the Disabled Student Development Office, the Early Outreach Office, the International Advancement Office, the Multicultural Center, the Office of University Compliance, The Peace and Conflict Studies Program and the Student Organizations and Activities Board support work under this rubric.

Related task forces and committees include the Diversity Advisory Council, the College of Sciences and Humanities Task Force on the Status of Women, the College of Sciences and Humanities Task Force on Diversity, the College of Sciences and Humanities Minority Student Affairs Committee, the College of Sciences and Humanities Women in Science Committee and the Housing and Residence Life Multicultural Committee.

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