Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.09
Liaison Joseph Kahn
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2020

STARS v2.2

Central Michigan University
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 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 by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights?:

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:

CMU has a Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer leading the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Office of Diversity Education, serving on the President's Cabinet.

Main Diversity Overview website with numerous links: https://www.cmich.edu/diversity

All students are required to complete an online DEI Awareness Program when new to CMU and then complete two courses in general education, one on race in the U.S. and another on social disparities. These trainings are provided by Everfi. All employees as of July 1, 2019 must answer what they have done to develop in DEI areas in their annual performance review. All academic departmental bylaws lay out DEI expectations in research, teaching, and service for all faculty members.


University Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council: Formed of designated representatives from each decanal and vice presidential unit, SGA and P&A assemblies, to gain consistency and participation across the institution, help promote and select grant and prize recipients, help design and implement local unit initiatives and reporting, disseminate and act on diversity data, build participation in DEI activities, keep units informed and share unit issues and needs.

Mission Statement ofCouncil: To pursue policies and strategies that achieve equity and inclusion across social differences in power in order to have Central Michigan University realize the creative synergies and intellectual insights and excellence that come from fully engaging the power of differences.

The office of civil rights and institutional equity 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, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Dr. Nikita Murry is the director of Diversity Education at Central Michigan University. Currently, Dr. Murry 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.

Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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