Transformation Initiative has been one that the Institute has been involved

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Transformation Initiative has been one that the Institute has been involved with that serves faculty and students in districts with a high percentage of students of color. The Institute faces barriers in recruiting staff and student diversity. A continuing challenge is the need to balance speakers by political affiliation, which adds another variable to diversifying speakers by race and gender due to low numbers of people of color who are “Republican.” New Leadership 2003 is an example of a well-implemented program. New Leadership 2003 hosted 26 college women, 3 of color. Progress Gender, GLBT issues, and work/life balance seem to be actively addressed. The numbers of both recruitment of minority staff and students are low and need to be aggressively addressed. In recruiting staff, no mention of where the positions were advertised was stated. In recruiting students, there was no mention of particular student organizations with which the unit works and supports. Response to Recommendations The response to one of last year’s recommendations was defensive. Last year it was stated that diverse programming should be a priority and this is recommended again this year. As stated in this report, diverse programming is challenging, and yet it is still unclear why, with the exception that people of color are not “Republicans.” The other recommendation regarding their need to value diversity in a more affirmative way has become an internal dialogue among staff. Graduate School Overall Assessment The Graduate School is comprised of a Dean/Vice Provost, three Associate Deans, nine staff members and three Graduate Associates. The Graduate School determines policy for graduate education on campus. They do not enroll students or have faculty. Graduate student admissions are done at the 30
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department level. The Graduate School also serves as a resource and advocate for graduate students. Several years ago the Graduate School conducted a study of graduate education on campus. That study, the G-QUE, has functioned as a guide for the development of policies and procedures to enhance graduate education. Progress The Graduate School has several minority recruitment programs in place and last year, a full-time position was created to develop and implement programs to address professional development for students and to improve the campus climate for special populations. This position also provides oversight for the minority recruitment programs. The report does not contain any information regarding programs to improve campus climate and the recruitment programs appear to be the same as reported previously. A consultant was hired last year who wrote three grants for the support of diversity programs. One of these grants was funded and has created a statewide alliance to increase the numbers of minority students in science, math and engineering.
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