Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.34
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

James Madison University
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Arthur Dean
Executive Director, Campus and Community Programs
Office of Access and Inclusion
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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?:
Yes

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:
The Office of Access and Inclusion provides leadership, coordination and support. Dr. David Owusu-Ansah and Mr. Arthur Dean serve as the Executive Directors with faculty, campus and community as their main areas of responsibilities. They assist with the following: facilitating a number of campus initiatives, fostering collaboration throughout the university and ensuring support for all groups, facilitating campus climate and culture, and supporting curricular elements for diversity and inclusion within the university. More information is available at https://www.jmu.edu/diversity/about.shtml The President of the University commissioned every division and academic college to create a Diversity Council. The focus of the diversity councils is both at the university level at large and specific to each college or division. The chairs of the divisional and college Diversity Councils meet monthly to look at micro and macro opportunities for JMU. Their main goal is to enhance, create and ensure diversity, access and inclusive initiatives are in place at JMU. More information is available at https://www.jmu.edu/diversity/leadership/index.shtml To provide greater impact and leadership in the division of academic affairs, the Provost has also created the following: Associate Provost for Diversity and Equity, which is Dr. David Owusu-Ansah: https://www.jmu.edu/academic-affairs/diversity/index.shtml College DEI directors/or coordinators were created in Fall 2020: https://www.jmu.edu/academic-affairs/diversity/leaders.shtml To provide greater coordination and leadership in Student Affairs, the first ever Associate Vice President for Diversity was created. Dr. Brent Lewis serves in that new role that was filled in the of fall 2020: https://www.jmu.edu/studentaffairs/departments/diversity-equity-inclusion/index.shtml

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

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

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

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Student Cultural Competence Training Activities: 1. The Office of Access and Inclusion has partnered with key departments to ensure that JMU’s student leaders are prepared to lead diverse students at JMU. Example of those trained at JMU are Residence Life staff, Orientation leaders, University Recreation staff, Diversity Education Empowerment Program facilitators, Madison Equality (LGBTQ), College Student Personnel Administration graduate students, Make Your Mark on Madison, and key academic program mentorship program leaders. 2. Since 2002, JMU's Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services (IIHHS) has offered the Building Cultural Competency Workshop (BCCW) and Poverty Simulations multiple times during an academic year. These workshops are designed to provide a forum for participants across health professions to discuss personal, professional, and institutional dynamics that influence the quality of patient care and interactions with colleagues. Between 2002 and October 2021, over 13,000 students and facilitators have participated in these Workshops. Emily Akerson, Anne Stewart, Arthur Dean and Marsha Mays-Bernard, numerous faculty, and graduate students have been involved in planning and leading the workshop. https://www.jmu.edu/iihhs/ipe_workshops.shtml. 3. The Center for Multicultural Student Services in 2015 established the Diversity Education Empowerment Program (D.E.E.P. Impact), which is designed to influence meaningful change throughout the James Madison University campus community through the development of programs and services that heighten awareness, increase knowledge, and celebrate the value of diversity in all forms. D.E.E.P. Impact also focuses on promoting inclusion, advocacy, and respect in order to equip students with the cultural capacity to change and shape the world. The facilitators lead conversations with faculty and staff centered on cultural competence, knowledge, and awareness. This program impacted, educated, and provided culturally relevant conversations to just over six thousand students. Every first-year student participates in a program about inclusion and awareness of self and others at JMU's "We Are JMU: Springboard Orientation" program. 4. The JMU Student Diversity Summit aims to give JMU students of all identities the opportunity to exchange ideas on issues of diversity and inclusion, a space and place to have honest conversations, and an opportunity to develop their awareness, knowledge, and skills related to all forms of diversity alongside peers. https://www.jmu.edu/diversity/programs-and-events/sds/index.shtml For the estimate proportion of students that participate in the institution's cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities, "all" is selected because every first-year student participates in a program about inclusion and awareness of self and others at JMU's "We Are JMU: Springboard Orientation" program, as described in activity #3 above. Employee Cultural Competence Training Activities: 1. Intergroup Dialogue program through the Center for Faculty Innovation. "Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program that brings together small groups of individuals with different social identities to share their experiences and gain deeper understanding of each other. (Social identities refer to salient sociological constructs such as gender, race/ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ability/dis-ability, spirituality/religion, or other belief systems – including political affiliation.) The opportunity to explicitly engage in meaningful, in-depth dialogue about these matters deepens our capacity for genuine relationships with colleagues, students, and others of different backgrounds and experiences." See https://www.jmu.edu/cfi/career-planning/faculty-communities/index.shtml 2. Faculty Departmental Dialogues for academic units. These departmental dialogues are designed to do the following: a. Create a set of common values, b. Assist the department with the creation of a diversity statement, c. Determine the diversity of curriculum and scholarship that is within the department (i.e., faculty will share what they are researching and teaching), and d. Determine what type of diversity in the curriculum, scholarship, and environment are needed to strengthen and support the goals of each department. 3. Preparing Faculty to be Inclusive Teachers (Institute). This Institute is offered through the Center for Faculty Innovation. This is a semester-long institute, and participants have the opportunity to hone their skills for appreciating, leveraging, and responding to diversity within their classrooms. Participants gain knowledge in areas associated with inclusivity and multiculturalism (e.g., race/ethnicity, nationality, ability status, etc.) and tools in managing group processes and difficult dialogues, addressing inflammatory and prejudicial comments, becoming aware of micro-aggressions and how to prevent them, and fostering more inclusive, equitable learning environments. Participation enhances agency and confidence in making classroom environments more multiculturally-minded and will create a community around issues of inclusive excellence. https://www.jmu.edu/cfi/teaching/institutes/inclusive-teachers.shtml 4. JMU's Annual Conference on Diversity. JMU hosts and sponsors a conference that provides the following: cultural competence training, workshops, presentations, and sharing of knowledge for an entire day at the University. Faculty and staff present their research and knowledge or participate and learn from their fellow colleagues within the university and external to the institution. The conference has been held since 2006, and there are approximately 420 participants annually on average. https://www.jmu.edu/diversity/programs-and-events/diversity-conference.shtml 5. JMU Talent Development also offers diversity-focused training primarily for administrative & professional faculty, classified staff, and wage employees, see https://www.jmu.edu/talentdevelopment/competencies/DEI-diversity.shtml. An example of a training opportunity is "Be Competent on a Cross-Cultural Campus" (TD2240). 6. JMU partnered with EVERFI to expand individual and collective employee knowledge in the areas of harassment and discrimination. Between October 2020 and February 2021, all current employees were required to complete an online training which included the following content: recognizing, preventing, and intervening to address instances of any form of harassment and/or discrimination and important skills and resources to help foster a safe, inclusive, and healthy campus environment. Starting March 1 2021, all employees are required to complete the harassment and discrimination training through their onboarding process with the University. For the estimated proportion of both academic staff and non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities, "all" was selected because all employees are required to complete the harassment and discrimination training described above in activity #6. The learning outcomes of this program align with the definitions of diversity and equity included in the STARS Technical Manual corresponding to this credit.

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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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Responsible Party: Arthur Dean, Executive Director, Campus and Community Programs, Office of Access and Inclusion Updated information provided by Art Dean on December 1, 2021 and entered by Amanda Bodle on December 2, 2021.

Responsible Party: Arthur Dean, Executive Director, Campus and Community Programs, Office of Access and Inclusion

Updated information provided by Art Dean on December 1, 2021 and entered by Amanda Bodle on December 2, 2021.

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