Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.18
Liaison Joseph Kahn
Submission Date April 20, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Central Michigan University
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.56 / 2.00 Nikita Murry
Diversity Education Director
Diversity Education
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

Taken from CMU website:

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate in employment against persons based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity/gender expression, genetic information, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight.

Affirmative action is a set of specific and results-oriented measures taken to bring about equal opportunity. At CMU, the Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity coordinates and monitors the university's affirmative action/equal opportunity efforts and programs to assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Executive Order 11246 and other relevant state and federal statutes.

The office supervises the maintenance of related reports and records, provides and develops related educational programs and materials, offers guidance and advice to all community members on the University's nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies and procedures, assists departments with recruitment and retention activities, and receives and resolves complaints of discrimination from students, employees and others.

Also taken from CMU website:

MDEC: The Multicultural and Diversity Education Council will continually monitor and periodically report to the Senate on progress within the academic division towards meeting the goals related to diversity, and multicultural education set forth in the University Mission Statement and in accrediting agency guidelines. In particular, the council will:
1. Confer with the Associate Vice President for Diversity and International Education on
ways to enhance multicultural education across the curriculum;
2. Evaluate progress in efforts to realize the multicultural goals of the University Mission
Statement and accrediting agency guidelines through curricular and program
development. To this end, the Council will confer with representatives from
Multicultural Education Center, Women’s Studies, Minority Student Services, Gay and
Lesbian Programs, Native American Programs, Student Disability Services, Office of
International Education and other relevant campus constituencies. More particularly, the
Council will:
a. Review program goals related to multicultural education
b. Work in conjunction with other Academic Senate committees to promote
multicultural education.
1. General Education Subcommittee
2. Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
3. Graduate Council
4. Professional Education Curriculum Committee
5. General Education Council
6. International Education Council
c. Seek out ways to promote multiculturalism in the curriculum generally and more
specifically through the university program
d. Draft board guidelines for multicultural and diversity education at CMU;
3. Review the charges of existing Senate committees with an eye to their responsiveness to
multicultural and diversity issues and make appropriate recommendations for change;
4. Review the membership of existing Senate committees and make recommendations to
ensure broad-based representation;
5. Promote and assist in efforts to secure grants in support of multicultural curricula and
6. Assist programs with multicultural education requirements (e.g. as mandated by an
accrediting agency) in meeting goals.
7. Assist in organizing a Multicultural Education Lecture Series, depending on the
availability of funding. (Funding may be solicited from the President’s New Initiatives


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

Dr. Saphire Cureg is the director of Diversity Education at Central Michigan University. Currently, Dr. Cureg offers cultural competency trainings to students, faculty & staff. These trainings, as well as the mission and overall goals of the OPffice of Diversity Education are reflected in information taken from the office's website:

The Office of Diversity Education supports the mission of Central Michigan University to provide transformative educational opportunities that enhance competencies for all who teach, learn, and work at Central Michigan University.

1. Enrich CMU community members' experience through intercultural education.
2. Facilitate campus-wide interaction and build collaborative partnerships to advance diversity and inclusion.
3. Develop and implement educational opportunities that cultivate and sustain a supportive and inclusive campus community.

1. Cultural competence workshop series for faculty
2. Cultural competence workshop series for staff
3. Customized small group dialogues and workshops on diversity and inclusion, large group presentations featuring themes around diversity, inclusion, and social justice
4. Diversity & inclusion orientation for new faculty & staff
5. Exhibits representing a variety of historical and cultural collections
6. Consultation services on intercultural communication, managing cultural differences, and conflict resolution
7. Soup and substance series featuring themes around Hispanic Heritage Month, Native-American Heritage Month, LGBTQ, Black History Month, and Asian Heritage Month.
8. Symposium: "Connecting with All Learners"
9. Conversation on Campus Brown Bag Series
10. Community Outreach

These training courses serve the following three objectives:
1. Enhance or improve awareness of cultural differences on campus and beyond.
2. Learn how to navigate and negotiate relationships in multicultural settings.
3. Apply this knowledge to interact respectfully as a culturally competent person.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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