Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.75
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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University of Wisconsin-River Falls
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Andriel Dees
Chief Diversity Officer
Chancellor's Office
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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:

a. to recommend recruitment and retention policies and programs that encourage the development of a diverse University community
b. to seek ways to encourage faculty and academic staff development focused on diversity issues
c. to assess reports and information on the campus climate as it relates to diversity issues and make appropriate recommendations for improvement
d. to review the status and progress of the University's strategic diversity initiatives and make appropriate recommendations
e. to establish and maintain communication links between the committee and relevant student organizations so that committee members stay aware of campus issues and events
f. to provide guidance to the Faculty Senate on policy decisions related to diversity issues
g. to seek ways to encourage infusion of diversity content into the University curriculum and courses
h. to identify and refine pathways and strategies for eliminating inequities in educational opportunities and outcomes
i. to provide appropriate recommendations to facilitate the professional advancement of diverse populations
j. to represent the needs and interests of diverse campus populations to the broader community
k. to review and recommend approval of reports related to UW-System diversity initiatives
l. to receive reports on the Library collections and to make recommendations regarding the acquisition of
materials regarding diversity [FS 06/07 #58]

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:

Cultural Competence Trainings are provided for the campus community as part of the coordination of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Faculty Senate Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, and the Office of Student Life.

Recent trainings have included:
-Ally and Ally 2 Training
-Power, Privilege and Oppression Experiential Training


The Peer Empowerment and Community Education (PEACE) program is an educational initiative offered by the Office of Student Life. PEACE is a social justice program organized by professional staff and students of UW-River Falls. This program embodies diversity, openly excepts the differences and uniqueness of individuals, and promotes an inclusive community. PEACE offers many interactive and engaging events, workshops, trainings, and activities. PEACE is open for all UWRF students and our community to attend if interested in what PEACE has to offer and what we represent.

PEACE talks are short, 15-minute presentations followed by discussion that address a wide range of perspectives that inspire and encourage us to create PEACE. New speakers and topics are held every Wednesday.

PEACE Talking Circles: In a Talking Circle, participants explore a particular issue or topic from many different perspectives. Talking Circles do not attempt to reach consensus on the topic. Rather, they allow all voices to be respectfully heard and offer participants diverse perspectives to stimulate personal learning and growth through reflection.
Recent Talking circles have included:
-Training Destination student leaders in leading talking circles on alternative spring break service trips
-Kingian Nonviolence

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


Peer Empowerment and Community Education (PEACE)
Mission Statement: Offering empowering experiences to create inclusive, sustainable, peaceful, nonviolent, just, democratic communities for all.
Run by 13 facilitators and 2 interns.

Additional responsible party: Ashley Olson (Sociocultural Coordinator)

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