Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.14
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
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Santa Clara University
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shá Duncan Smith
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Inclusive Excellence
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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:

Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators: Council on Inclusive Excellence
The University has established the Provost’s Council on Inclusive Excellence to advance inclusive excellence on campus. It was later expanded and renamed the Council on Inclusive Excellence to focus on all campus communities. Since its inception, the Council has worked to nurture a diverse University community rooted in mutual understanding and respect; educate students, staff, and faculty about the importance of a diverse community; continue promoting social justice as a cornerstone of its mission; support innovation in approaches to enhance access and retention of underrepresented students, staff, and faculty; and seek connections among different reference groups by fostering a climate of intergroup dialogue.

Students: Student Advisory Council on Inclusive Excellence
The Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Council on Inclusive Excellence. The student group’s role is to communicate to the Council the student body’s voice on issues related to diversity, multicultural learning and inclusive excellence; to share information on diversity, multicultural learning and inclusive excellence from their respective organizations; and to provide a channel of communication from the Council to their respective organizations.

Office for Diversity and Inclusion
In July 2013, the University’s first Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion was appointed; a Director was hired in January 2014. The Office is intended to centralize the University’s inclusive excellence efforts by working closely with members of the University community to enhance the recruitment, retention, and success of faculty from underrepresented groups. In addition, the office promotes a student climate of inclusive excellence by collaborating with many University offices in sponsoring a variety of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs, and coordinates with the offices of Enrollment Management, Affirmative Action, and Human Resources in efforts to recruit and retain more diverse students and staff.

Office for Multicultural Learning
In 1999, SCU with the support of a grant from the James Irvine Foundation formed the Center for Multicultural Learning. When the grant concluded in 2007, diversity and multicultural learning initiatives from to the Office of the Provost. The Office for Multicultural Learning (OML) was subsequently formed to coordinate, collaborate, and promote cross-campus programming and related initiates for the purposes of enhancing the University’s goals in the areas of diversity and inclusive excellence. OML fulfills its work by coordinating and facilitating an array of academic and co-curricular programming.

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 Yes
Faculty Yes
Administrators Yes

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:

The University sponsored a variety of cultural competence trainings for all community members including difficult dialogue events, perspectives trainings, anti-bullying workshops, and workshops targeted for various identity competencies (e.g sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.). The University is also in the process of developing workshops on understanding bias and a competency certificate program for staff and faculty.

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

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