Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.61
Liaison Kristina Bryan
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2015
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Saint Louis University
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Michelle Lewis
Institutional Equity and Diversity
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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 and equity on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on one or both of the following?:
Yes or No
Student diversity and equity Yes
Employee diversity and equity Yes

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

Launched in 2009, the PRESIDENT'S DIVERSITY COUNCIL (PDC) serves as an institutional council charged by the President with advancing the university’s mission by facilitating the creation of an inclusive environment for living, learning, and working that embraces the diversity of its students, faculty and staff. Comprised of several constituents throughout the university community, including Enrollment and Retention Management, Human Resources, International Services, Student Development, Community Relations, Mission and Ministry, the Faculty Senate and the Student Government Association just to name a few, the PDC’s primary objective is to recommend and promote policies, practices and programs that foster effective participation in a diverse and inclusive community. Recognizing that the cultivation of a diverse and inclusive environment speaks to the fundamental core of our Catholic, Jesuit identity, the Council’s current strategic plan includes the development and implementation of several mission-centered initiatives that address: 1) Campus Climate and Institutional Viability; 2) Access and Success for Students, Faculty and Staff; 3) Education and Scholarship; 4) Community and Alumni Engagement. The Director of Institutional Equity and Diversity and the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion for the College of Arts and Sciences jointly chair the President’s Diversity Council.

The full-time equivalent of people employed in the diversity and equity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer is available:
Does the institution make cultural competence trainings and activities available to all members of the following groups?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Staff No
Faculty No
Administrators No

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:

For students, the University has a course offering entitled INTERGROUP DIALOGUE (IGD). IGD is a collaborative and cross-division initiative involving stakeholders from the Division of Student Development and the College of Arts and Sciences. IGD utilizes undergraduate students who are trained as peer facilitators to lead weekly discussions over the course of a semester around issues of race, gender, and other social identities (e.g., religion, class, physical ability, age, etc.). The goals of the dialogues are to improve skills in communicating across different social identities, enhance conflict management skills, and create opportunities to learn more about other cultures by engaging in structured dialogue in a safe environment.

The website URL where information about the cultural competence trainings is available:

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