Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Delicia Nahman
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Lafayette College
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Annette Diorio
VP for Campus Life
Campus Life
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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:

The Office of Intercultural Development advances Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through educational outreach, cultural programming, support and advocacy of historically marginalized groups, and community building. It is our goal that students and employees will have numerous opportunities at Lafayette to develop their multicultural competence and to commit to lifelong learning about our world and its diverse citizens.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council works to ensure that diversity and inclusion expressed in various forms, remain integral to excellence at Lafayette College. The Council reports to the President and is composed of the Dean of the Faculty, Dean of Students, and the Associate Vice President for Human Resources; the Dean of the Faculty serves as council convener. The Council will assist in establishing priorities, ensuring open and transparent communication, facilitating connections between standing committees, and monitoring progress toward stated objectives related to efforts aimed at enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the College.

Sample Goals

-- promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus, broadly speaking (hiring, retention, climate, discourse, curriculum, programming)
-- e.g., proactive efforts as well as a responsive role; building resources and making these accessible

-- outreach to the campus community
-- e.g., integrated communications about campus efforts, hosting discussions with the campus community

-- liaison to campus individuals and groups that work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion such as the faculty diversity committee, CITLS, Kaleidoscope, QUEST
-- e.g., coordinating initiatives

-- communication nexus on DEI matters for campus community members
-- i.e., facilitate multilateral communications

-- assessment of DEI initiatives and projects

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:

Kaleidoscope is a group of social justice peer educators who encourage student leaders to take an active role in campus education on issues of multiculturalism, equity, and social justice.

What is it?
Kaleidoscope is an organization that encourages Lafayette students to take an active role in promoting intercultural exchange and exploring issues of multiculturalism, equity, and social justice. The program challenges social justice student educators and participants to think critically about their communities.

How does it work?
Kaleidoscope has open meetings on a regular basis to discuss current events and issues related to social justice. Any student on campus can be a part of the organization by showing up regularly for conversations. Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend. Events are posted on the campus calendar. Regular Kaleidoscope discussions are facilitated by Student Coordinators of Peer Education (SCOPES).

In addition to regular discussions, SCOPES are available by request to facilitate dialogue for any group or organization. Residence hall floors, fraternity and sorority houses, student organizations, athletic teams, First Year Seminars, and other groups identify topics that they would like to discuss and request a Kaleidoscope program that is tailored to meet their needs. If a group is unsure what topic would be relevant for its members, there are foundational programs called “Social Justice 101” and “Understanding the Big 8” which are the most popular requests.

What are the learning outcomes?
for scopes
Through active participation and engagement, SCOPES learn how to:

Explain key social justice concepts
Critically examine sources of information
Design effective presentations
they develop skills in:
Intercultural communication
Facilitating difficult conversations
Becoming allies
for participants
Through active engagement in a Kaleidoscope presentation, participants are able to:

Recall key social justice concepts
Give examples of power and privilege in society
Outline personal goals for further development of multicultural competence

Please note: There is no formal cultural competence training program for faculty and staff, but there are numerous single events and activities offered on campus that help to advance cultural competencies.

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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