Beginning in February 2019, a UOE DEI Planning Committee was convened to identify initial steps toward an office-wide DEI plan. The Planning Committee determined that the first phase would be to hold a full-day DEI retreat for all staff facilitated by Paulette Granberry Russell and Deborah Johnson from the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.
In May 2019, the UOE DEI retreat was held, grounded in the MSU Framework on Inclusiveness and Responsiveness released in June 2018 for university-wide discussion. Institutional focus areas outlined in the framework are: (1) leadership; (2) access, retention, and advancement; (3) research; (4) curriculum; (5) campus climate; and (6) external engagement. UOE staff were assigned to tables for a day of conversations discussing how we can better incorporate DEI into our work and unit, based on the institutional focus areas outlined in the framework.
Over the next several months, the Committee analyzed the input and developed a set of recommendations for UOE based on the table conversations at the DEI retreat. Select the links below to see the recommendations for each focus area: