Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.56
Liaison Jay Meldrum
Submission Date July 8, 2020
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Michigan Technological University
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Jay Meldrum
Executive Director of Sustainability
Facilities Management
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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:

Diversity Council : https://www.mtu.edu/diversity/council/
The Diversity Council is responsible for:
1. Providing the provost (and the President’s Council via the provost) with prioritized recommendations for efforts/actions that will improve campus diversity, inclusion, and climate based on data collected through various means.
2. Reviewing information provided by units on diversity-related initiatives.
3. Examine University policies through a diversity and inclusion lens.
4. Produce quarterly updates about best practices around campus and disseminate to the campus community.
Currently the diversity council has 26 members.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion: The Center for Diversity and Inclusion fosters student success by providing engaging programs that create safe spaces for students of multiple social and cultural identities. Through a broad range of services, workshops, and events to foster student success by:
-Providing a welcoming and safe environment for all students
-Encouraging cross-cultural interactions and conversations
-Supporting the exploration of differences as well as similarities
-Recognizing and celebrating the contributions of historically marginalized populations
-Facilitating students’ self-exploration and exploration of others’ identities, and
-Collaborating on campus initiatives that support/foster cultural diversity

Institutional Equity and Inclusion:
Michigan Technological University's Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion is responsible for the implementation of the University's Equal Opportunity, Discrimination/Harassment Policy. Institutional Equity and Inclusion follows the procedures under the Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Process to ensure that employees, students, and visitors are not discriminated against in employment, educational programs and activities on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, genetic information, or marital status, disability, or veteran status.


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

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:

MTU has offered a cultural competency training since 2011 through Michigan Technological University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. https://www.mtu.edu/diversity-center/programs/competency/

CDI’s cultural competency training is designed to engage, inspire, challenge and provoke serious conversations related to diversity and to encourage current or bourgeoning leaders become agents of change. The program is a way to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills of Michigan Tech students and staff about the following issues: self-awareness, communication, cultural literacy, diversity, discrimination, and allyship development.

The Center staff work closely with departments on campus to provide this training to students and offer the training annually for University staff.

MTU also offers a Diversity Literacy Certification to help further the goal of increasing the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields at Michigan Tech, and to encourage a more diverse and equitable campus climate. The provost requires that all faculty who serve on a search committee or P&T committee be literate in issues of diversity and unconscious bias in academia, including the legal aspects of hiring for diversity in academia.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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