Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.37
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Lowell
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Leslie Wong
Dean of Equity and Inclusion
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Has the institution engaged in a structured assessment process during the previous three years to improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus?:

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:

In Fall 2020, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Gender & Sex-Based Discrimination Prevention Task Forces were formalized under the Council on Social Justice & Inclusion with over 125 faculty, staff and students collaborating to identify concrete ways in which the university can act on its commitments to Social Justice and Inclusion. Committees have reviewed data, listened to campus stakeholders, and discussed a range of issues including how to clarify institutional values, address disparities in persistence and retention across diverse groups of students, support a culturally responsive environment, ensure visibility of our DE&I and GSDP initiatives and sufficient resources to support these initiatives, evaluate existing practices, continue efforts to increase diversity representation at all levels, increase training, education and knowledge of resources, ensure equitable access to all aspects of campus life, and many more.

The process followed best practices identified by higher education groups and DE&I practitioners including the two parts and ten components in the Association of American Colleges and Universities' "Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning," among others.

Does the assessment process address campus climate by engaging stakeholders to assess the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of employees and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success?:

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity?:

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs, and initiatives:

Based upon the evaluation of the Council on Social Justice & Inclusion's campus assessment process, five pillars of excellence were created to dovetail with the Pillars of Excellence in the 2020 Strategic Plan.

1. Institutional Commitment & Alignment: Examine, establish and enact university’s policies, structures and practices and align them with UML’s commitment to DEI.

Ensuring that the university’s policies and practices are equitable for all members in the community.
Increase campus visibility of university DEI values, objections actions and progress, i.e., dashboard to include metrics on DEI, regular campus communications including use of multimedia formats including video, social media, our website and campus signage.
Communicate clearly and often that DEI is everyone’s responsibility with each member and unit understanding our vision and owning responsibility for their role it.
Ensure sufficient campus resources to support DEI education, access and success.

2. Recruitment & Retention of Diverse Faculty, Staff & Students: Prioritize the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and students in order to build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable institution.

Strengthen the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse faculty, staff and students.
Promote thriving inclusive environment and create a healthy culture of DEI, increasing access, promoting collaboration, and instilling a sense of belonging for all members of the UML community.
Identify opportunities for personal and professional growth, such as mentorship, DEI advocates/champions, and initiatives to support and advance the workforce.

3. Culturally Responsive Academic Excellence: Provide students, staff and faculty with a culturally responsive education and learning opportunities that incorporate our campus values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Enhance and elevate training opportunities for all faculty and staff, including leadership training, and student body aimed at building cultural competence and raising knowledge and awareness of experiences of marginalized populations and how discriminatory or exclusionary practices adversely affect individuals and our community.
Identify safe spaces for faculty, staff and students to facilitate DEI discussions, support difficult conversations and reflection, and for members of underrepresented communities to talk about their experiences and to offer solutions to improve campus climate.
Restructure and extend freshman seminary experience to include DEI.
Facilitate ongoing learning & professional development around DEI through the Center for Teaching & Learning, including raising awareness of campus DEI resources.
Ensure DEI is embedded in the curriculum of across all disciplines.
Become a catalyst for change by engaging in community action, building community and sharing our story on our impact to social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

4. Equitable Access and Success: Monitor, track and promote diversity of participants in all aspects of campus life to achieve an inclusive community with outcomes and success dictated by character not privilege.

Facilitate access to achievement, success, training and recognition for all students, faculty and staff.
Improve UML metrics in retention and graduation across all student populations to ensure equity in student graduation and career outcomes.
Elevate DEI best practices, appropriate criteria and methods to best support student success including dimensions of wellbeing, infusing DEI into student support programs, engagement opportunities, and the curriculum.

5. Inclusive Culture and Climate: Create an inclusive environment where individuals and groups can feel welcomed, valued, respected and supported to thrive on campus.

Create an approach to driving a campus culture of DEI throughout the campus community including a campus DEI communication strategy and increased DEI community engagement and visibility, all aligned with our DEI vision.
Assess campus DEI environment, i.e., through surveys, and commit to follow up action to ensure an inclusive environment where individuals and groups can feel welcomed, valued, respected and supported to thrive on campus.
Strengthen UML partnerships with Lowell community and corporate partners in support of fostering DEI.

Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:

The assessment results are clearly and prominently listed on the UMass Lowell website, the results have been submitted for and received third-party certification for DE&I initiatives, and the results continue to inform institutional improvements to the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the new Faculty Equity Office, among others.

Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary (upload):

Website URL where the diversity and equity assessment report or summary is publicly posted:
Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity assessment efforts is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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