Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.57
Liaison Keaton Schrank
Submission Date June 9, 2011
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Westminster University - Utah
PAE-6: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kerry Case
Environmental Director
Environmental Center
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :
Westminster has had a diversity committee for over ten years. There are 14 members of the committee: seven faculty members, the Human Resource Director, Director of Admissions, Dean of Students, a designee from Institutional Advancement, two students, Dirctor of Diversity Student Affairs and Sercies, Director of Student International Serices, and the Associate Provost for Diversity and Global Learning. All members are voting members appointed in consultation with the Director of Diversity Student Affairs and Assoicate Provost for Diversity and Global Learning. Final approval occurs by a faculty vote during the April faculty meeting. Faculty serve staggered two-year terms.

Mission Statement:

To instill diversity into our institution’s consciousness and advocate for equity and excellence through our policies, practices and programs. Specifically we:
• Encouraging diversification of faculty, students, and staff (e.g. increase racial and ethnic diversity as well as representation of LGBTQ persons and persons with disabilities)
• Promoting full integration of diversity into the curriculum, including advising the LE committee as it assesses courses submitted to fulfill the diversity requirement.
• Advocating for a supportive learning and social environment for students of color; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) students; women; students with disabilities; and students from low-income and a variety of religious and cultural background
• Supporting and participating in the Diversity and International Center’s diversity programming and student support initiatives.
• Planning and implementing the Diversity Lecture Series.
• Collaborating as appropriate and building on synergies with the International Council to help further the College’s goals related to Diversity and Internationalization.
• Supporting and contributing to the development of assessment measures related to the above.

Members of the committee, including affiliations :
Deyanira Ariza Velasco, Spanish
Scott Gust, Speech
Cassie Power, Pschology
Carol Jeffers, Nursing
Marilee Coles-Ritchie, Education
Joel Watson, Education
Bridget Newell, Associate Provost for Diversity and Global Learning
Sara Demko, Director of Student International Services
Rich Garcia, Director of Diversity Student Affairs and Services
Michell Call, Student Life
Darin Jones, VP of Human Resources
Dana Tumpowski, Institutional Advancement
Trisha Teig, Student Life
Karla Mancilla, Admissions
Robin Smith, ASWC SAC Diversity Chair
Laura Wolf, ASWC SAC Diversity Chair

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee is available:

Does the institution have a diversity and equity office?:

A brief description of the diversity office:
Westminster’s Diversity & International Center serves as the central resource for community building, educational programming, and support services for First Generation College Students, International Students, LGBTQ Students, Students of Color, and Allies. We also provide comprehensive advisory services for our international students and scholars (F and J visas), as well as information and advising about study abroad options.
Honoring the complexities of local and global individual differences and identities, the Diversity & International Center facilitates learning excellence, leadership development, and individual awareness through programs, dialogues, training, and study abroad opportunities grounded in a commitment to advance social justice and equity in a global and changing world.

The number of people employed in the diversity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity office is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity coordinator?:

Diversity coordinator’s name:
Rich Garcia

Diversity coordinator's position title:
Director of Diversity Student Affairs and Support

A brief description of the diversity coordinator's position:
As the Director of Diversity Student Affairs & Services, Rich provides programming that is designed to assist underrepresented students negotiate and navigate their educational experience at Westminster College using a philosophy of access, equity and inclusion. Rich is also committed to the institutionalization of diversity at Westminster viewing diversity as everyday work for everyone. Rich also serves on the Westminster College Diversity Council and works collaboratively with identity based student organizations on campus to promote diversity.

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity coordinator is available:
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