|Submission Date||March 6, 2020|
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination
|1.89 / 2.00||
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?:
A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce was created in 2018 and is made up of twelve students, staff, and faculty as well as it's two co-chairs.Their responsibilities are to...
1. Communicate and make visible Goshen College’s ongoing work in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.
2. Identify what GC is currently doing to promote an inclusive and equitable campus experience for all members of our community — and how well we are doing so.
3. Propose ways to improve our effectiveness in being a more inclusive and equitable campus, including identification of what new resources and changes should be considered.
Estimated proportion of students that has participated in 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:
Cultural competency is expected of all employees at Goshen College and is a factor included in our employee appraisal process. Employees are required to complete the online training provided by SafeColleges. Many opportunities to develop intercultural competencies are provided to employees, including web-based programs, trips to engage cultural learning exhibits, and specific anti-racism training programs, to name a few. Employees annual evaluations include measurements on their activities related to these goals.
Goshen College offers opportunities for Faculty and students to attend concerts, theatrical shows (Peace Plays), convocations and other lectures on status and inequality such as the lectures during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, video series discussing issues such as poverty and corresponding health effects, and learning languages to communicate better with students that come from varying backgrounds.
All first year and transfer students participate in plenary session and class discussions as part of the Identity, Culture, and Community class on the effects of race and class discrimination within education. Additionally, this class is focused on providing entering students with opportunities to encounter other cultures through literature, plenary sessions, and physical experiences.
Students participating in sports programs and certain student clubs (about 250 students) were involved in cultural competence programs provided by the institution.
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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