Response to Recommendations The unit was unable to fulfill the Councils request

Response to recommendations the unit was unable to

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Response to Recommendations The unit was unable to fulfill the Council's request to submit separate sub-unit reports due to the lack of a diversity committee. The Council looks forward to the creation of a diversity committee and the presentation of sub-unit plans for the coming year. USAS addressed the request for information regarding minority purchasing. Enrollment data impacted by the new admissions process will be submitted for review in the year 2004-2005. Wexner Center for the Arts Overall Assessment None of the Wexner Center (WC) leaders is a minority. In trying to recruit minority staff, WC has advertised in minority publications and has used images containing minorities in printed publications. No assessment of how successful these efforts have been is included in the report. No other efforts were identified. WC does seem to do well with respect to the environment for GLBT staff. Programs targeted at GLBT audiences suggest that these actions have been successful. Progress Nothing appears to have been done with respect to the administrative structure that should have been established to lead diversity initiatives. WC has failed to recruit minority staff. The explanation for this is “unavailability of minorities for positions”. This remains a barrier to overcome but no procedures or programs other than the aforementioned action of advertising in minority publications seem to exist. WC uses minority suppliers for 80 per cent of its purchases; a large proportion of this seems to be represented by temporary staffing agencies. Resources are provided for counseling for staff and flexible work opportunities are available. Working at home is also permitted. WC states that the “richness of gender and age diversification” is one of their markers of excellence. It would be beneficial if the unit were to elaborate on actual procedures or programs used to achieve this 35
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diversification. Another strength cited is the Center’s strong female leadership and the diversity of its programming. Response to Recommendations WC did not respond to any recommendations made in last year’s report. Revised: 5/26/04 Selected Noteworthy Initiatives The Council on Diversity 2004 This document is a supplement to the report, “Diversity Plans: An Analysis: 2003-2004.” For a fuller discussion of the diversity initiatives in all units, see the report. Curricula and Programming: Many Patterns of Administration now contain Diversity Committees as part of the central structure of units and list diversity as a core value in their governance documents. Diversity Committees have piloted diversity film series, created diversity resource guides and web pages, highlighted various cultures through monthly spotlights, hosted diversity reading groups, and conducted workshops. Units have hosted half-day and full-day workshops on diversity. In an effort to attract a more diverse faculty and student body, some units have developed academic programs that focus on diversity, such as Comparative Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, Sexuality Studies, and Disability Studies.
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