Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 42.29
Liaison Mary Fischer
Submission Date March 28, 2011
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Brandeis University
PAE-6: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tianyi Zhang
Student Researcher
Campus Sustainability Initiative
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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 Provost's Steering Committee on Diversity sponsors a variety of activities and events designed to increase internal capacity to serve as effective stewards for diversity at Brandeis.

Following is the diversity statement of Brandeis University, adopted March 15, 2006.

Established in 1948 as a model of ethnic and religious pluralism, Brandeis University:
Considers social justice central to its mission as a nonsectarian university founded by members of the American Jewish community;
Aims to engage members of our community as active citizens in a multicultural world;
Seeks to build an academic community whose members have diverse cultures, backgrounds and life experiences;
Believes that diverse backgrounds and ideas are crucial to academic excellence;
Recognizes the need to analyze and address the ways in which social, cultural and economic inequalities affect power and privilege in the larger society and at Brandeis itself;
Honors freedom of expression and civility of discourse as fundamental educational cornerstones;
Seeks to safeguard the safety, dignity and well-being of all its members; and
Endeavors to foster a just and inclusive campus culture that embraces the diversity of the larger society.

Members of the committee, including affiliations :

Members of the Committee:
Academic Leadership
· Marty W. Krauss (Chair), Provost
· Adam Jaffe, Dean of Arts and Sciences
· Linda Bui, Economics
· Christina Espinosa, Heller School for Social Policy and Management
· Thomas King, English
· Susan Lanser, Women's Studies / English
· Albion Lawrence, Physics (leave fall)
· James Mandrell, Romance and Comparative Literature
· Robin Feuer Miller, German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature
· Faith Smith, African and Afro-American Studies / English
· Jamele Adams, Student Life
· Monique Gnanaratnam, Intercultural Center
· Michaele Whelan, Office of the Provost
· Elaine Wong, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences
· Ryan Fanning, Director of Executive Affairs, Student Union
· Leslyn Hayes, Senator for Racial Minority Students
· Marla Merchut and Danielle Wolfson, Co-Directors of Academic Affairs, Student Union
· Jean Souffrant, Director of Community Advocacy
· Mohammed Dawuda, Graduate Student

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:

The ICC serves as an umbrella organization for eighteen student organizations. Providing a venue where students can learn and demonstrate social responsibility and diverse leadership; the organizations provide events that focus on issues of culture, ethnicity and social justice.

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:
Monique Pillow Gnanaratnam

Diversity coordinator's position title:

A brief description of the diversity coordinator's position:

This position is supervised by Jamele Adams
Associate Dean of Student Life.

The Director of the ICC: With other staff in Intercultural Center, develops and implements co-curricular programs that:

Celebrate diversity and cultural enrichment.
Connect to the curriculum.
Encourage collaborative opportunities.
Present opportunities for collective discussion.
Provide opportunities for student leadership development.
Serve as an advocate and support network.
Create an environment of welcome, care, inclusion and support.

Value the existence of multiple views, voices, beliefs, interests and experiences.

Establish relationships with students, faculty, staff and the greater community.

Assist in the recruitment and retention of students.

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

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