Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.76
Liaison Katharine Gross
Submission Date Nov. 16, 2017
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Lehigh University
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.22 / 2.00 Angela Scott
Director of Academic Diversity and Outreach and Adjunct Professor
Academic Outreach, Provost's Office
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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?:
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 Council for Equity and Community is a committee of Lehigh faculty, staff and students committed to serving as a campus resource and agent of cultural change. We encourage constructive dialogue and work toward building community at Lehigh.

The work to foster inclusive diversity at Lehigh reaches into every facet of campus life and engages our entire community of students, faculty and staff. Lehigh's efforts include changes to policies and practices at the institutional level as well as work creating a more inclusive campus culture through opportunities for education, dialogue and action.


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

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

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

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

This is an area of increasing interest for the University and efforts are underway. However, it is very important to note that the University has for the two years, offered workshops by the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble and the VISIONS Group on unconscious bias, believes, attitudes, inclusion, welcoming climate for individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds. As result, the workshops has touched briefly on different cultures and differences. Over 875 faculty, staff, administration, and Trustees have attended one or both of these workshops. Lehigh University has formed an In-House Working Group to develop series of interactive workshops in which cultural competence will be one of many areas that will be covered for all of the above constituents at the university. In addition, the University is about to rollout the development a Certificate Program for Inclusive Excellence for Undergraduate and Graduate Students and cultural competence workshop will be part of the requirement by fall 2017. Then a similar certificate will be developed for faculty and staff with various competences built-in.


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