Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Liesel Schwarz
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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Villanova University
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Liesel Schwarz
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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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?:
Yes

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:

Campus diversity office is represented through the Center for Multicultural Affairs, which operates within the Division of Student Life. There are two governing officers who work to assess and address diversity and equity across the University. Below is our Diversity Statement:
"Villanova University, as a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education, recognizes diversity as an integral component of the teaching and learning experience and as an essential element of the ongoing intellectual, social and spiritual development of every member of the Villanova community. Accordingly, Villanova University will be a diverse community. We commit ourselves to cultivating an academic environment marked by genuine curiosity about different perspectives, ardent receptivity to knowledge generated through intercultural connections and a genuine sensitivity to the variety of human experiences marked by domestic and global differences."


The full-time equivalent of people employed in the diversity and equity office:
2

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:

Events include but are not limited to:
Freedom School: In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, is an opportunity to talk about the social injustice we see in the world today.
MLK Day of Service: The purpose of the day is to continue the spirit of servant-hood. The focus is on the intimate relationship of serving among peers. The goal is for students to commit to service not for the act performed but for the shared experience and new found compassion/knowledge of social issues.

Other key programs outside the Center for Multicultural Affairs but within the Division of Student Life include:
LEVEL: works to build integration for those who are differently-abled, and raise awareness of their challenges, and how to better integrate them in daily activities.
Other events: LGBT Awareness Week, Special Olympics, World Religion Day and Villanova One Book.

The Center for Multicultural Affairs organizes a speaker series every year to address different conversations on diversity. Speakers from last years Inclusive Excellence Speaker Series included:
Dr. William Smith from University of Utah on "The Academic Side of Diversity and Inclusion"
Dr. Patricia Gurin from University of Michigan on "Engaging Diversity: Its Importance in the 21st Century Education"
Dr. Joann Moody on "The importance of Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Faculty"

Additionally, if a specific group would like targeted diversity training they can request it from the Center.


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

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