|Submission Date||Sept. 11, 2019|
The University of Texas at Dallas
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination
|2.00 / 2.00||
Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy Conservation
Office of Sustainability
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?:
Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:
The Committee for the Support of Diversity and Equity is a University-wide standing committee reporting directly to the President of the University of Texas at Dallas. The committee meets regularly to review and discuss issues that affect the institutional status, professional effectiveness and personal morale of women, minorities and members of other underrepresented groups in full and part-time faculty and staff positions.
To support its role in understanding and recommending policy with respect to these and related issues, the committee is empowered to carry out studies, conduct interviews and prepare reports. The committee meets with the president at the beginning and end of each academic year to receive special charges and reports from the administration and to convey to the administration ideas, concerns and advice from the committee that address the issues of eliminating institutional features which differentially and negatively affect women, minorities and members of other underrepresented groups.
It is also within the purview of this committee to recommend the creation and initiation of actions and policies which would support the professional careers of these same individuals.
The following departments and entities support, participate in, and host events and activities that promote and raise awareness of diversity at UT Dallas.
-Department of Faculty Diversity
-Department of Institutional Diversity Initiatives
-Department of Community Engagement
-The Galerstein Women’s Center
-Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance
The Diversity Advisory Council is made up of prominent leaders from local community and industry partners who offer input to ODCE. The council provides advice and assistance to ensure that the University’s diversity goals are strongly aligned with, and supported by, the greater Dallas community. The Council offers input on the University’s many diversity initiatives and foster a broader perspective on diversity issues as they relate to specific communities and industries.
The Advisory Council is made up of prominent leaders from local community and industry partners, including American Language Technologies, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Lennox International, Raytheon, DFW iRealty, Rockwell Collins, BB&T Bank, and other Dallas-area businesses.
Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:
UT Dallas adheres to the UT System Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy. The university has a variety of training programs and activities that promote and raise awareness of diversity in the workplace and the community for students, staff, and faculty.
For example, the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement hosts the Diversity Awareness Training, Diversity Awards, Diversity Lecture Series, Disability Employment Awareness Seminar, and the AccessAbility Summit. This also includes a presentation focused on diversity during New Employee Orientation.
UTD’s Multicultural Center provides a variety of cultural programs, education resources, leadership opportunities and support services that enhance the ability of UT Dallas students to achieve success in their academics, personal and work lives.
UTD’s Student Counseling Center offers a variety of outreach services to the University community with the goal of creating and maintaining a healthy, psychologically-minded student population. Our programming is geared towards primary prevention of mental illness, enhancement of academic success, and personal and social empowerment through awareness and knowledge. The center also works to integrate multicultural and developmental perspectives into our programming to be more inclusive and relevant to all students.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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