Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.88
Liaison Dedee DeLongpre Johnston
Submission Date June 3, 2015
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Wake Forest University
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Barbee Oakes
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Office of the Provost
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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:

The Diversity & Inclusion Executive Advisory Council (DIEAC) is a select team of 10 to 15 tenured faculty and administrators that informs and evaluates the entire diversity and inclusion strategic planning process for the Reynolda Campus. DIEAC is charged with initial vetting of the institutional strategic plan and fosters dialogue over the most effective approaches to establish the long-term vision. It establishes the shared framework of performance indicators to measure progress throughout the planning cycle.

The Diversity & Inclusion Partners Council (DIPC) is an action-oriented team of WFU inclusion champions that serves primarily as a resource to the Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusion. DIPC is comprised of administrators and staff advocates who help establish actionable goals and implement mission-critical inclusion initiatives within their respective Units. The DIPC acts to identify and eliminate barriers that may interfere with successful implementation of the strategic plan. The DIPC engages in discussions that facilitate decisions about Strategic Initiatives made by the Diversity and Inclusion Executive Advisory Council (DIEAC) and the Assistant Provost. The DIPC provides influential ownership and credibility for the strategic planning process and is critical to the overall success of our strategic diversity management agenda.

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 Office of Diversity and Inclusion created and implements the Gatekeepers Workshop Series to enhance cultural competence and intercultural communication skills of the staff and faculty constituency.

Gatekeepers 1 (GK1), Enhancing Our Community through Inclusion, introduces participants to the meaning and value of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion; enhances participants’ knowledge and understanding of cultural differences, similarities, and perceptions; and provides tools that help participants effectively engage in building and maintaining a more diverse and inclusive community. GK2, Cross Cultural Conflict, addresses the impact different approaches to addressing intercultural conflict can have in the workplace. GK3, Contact Theory and Dialogue, enables participants to learn and practice dialogue skills and gain insight into the role of Contact Theory in advancing cultural competence and fostering inclusion. GK4, Making Excellence Inclusive, includes a variety of one-offering workshops on culture-specific topics as a means of making academic, social, and emotional learning open to all university constituents.

In addition, the Intercultural Development Inventory, IDI, is offered to faculty and staff to assess their world view and provide strategies to increase cultural competence.

The Safe Zone Program is an in-depth, interactive presentation designed to educate Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students about the LGBTQ community. Participants learn what it means to be an ally—a person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ people—as well as how to create a Safe Zone. Allies who have completed the training program receive a Safe Zone sticker, identifiable to the entire campus, which may be displayed on their door to designate it as a safe place for all members of the community.

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

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