The Office of Purchasing and the Office of Business and Finance can help by

The office of purchasing and the office of business

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The Office of Purchasing and the Office of Business and Finance can help by coordinating an administrative training program and a supplier training program. Because working with minority businesses is good for recruitment and public relations, the University Diversity Council can help by inviting minority vendors to a forum where the Council shares the concerns of the units and listens to and acts upon the concerns of the vendors. The Council also calls for a review and possible modification of the current web site used by OSU for minority vendors. University Policies Again, the Diversity Council wants to go on record as being in support of domestic partner benefits, the hiring of dual career couples, and paid parental leave policy. Strides in these areas would help the University in implementing its Diversity Action Plan, and would serve as a major attraction for faculty at large 3
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Looking to The Future On the eve of entering its fifth year, The Diversity Council is broadening its lens by expanding its focus from the minutiae of each unit’s efforts to a concentration on what the impact of the reporting system has been to each unit and the university at large. The Council encourages the reporting units to be more attentive in reporting their strengths. In many cases, Council members knew of a particular unit’s activities and would have wanted to write a more complimentary report, but the information failed to surface in the unit’s report. Units need to make sure that their reports have been vetted in such a way that the information is inclusive. The Council will revise the template in ways that mirror the needs of the OSU campuses. To this end, the University will be engaging the services of an external consultant, Global Lead, Inc, to review and analyze diversity data collected from the inception of the Council’s formation. Among the questions we now are asking are: What do these reports tell us about change over time? How do we move to a different level of analysis and involvement? After consulting with President Holbrook, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost, Barbara Snyder, and john powell, Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Council wants to focus on the collective impact of what has been going on in terms of diversity at OSU. With the help of external specialists and the continuing hard work of Council committee members, the Council wants to begin the process of collecting longitudinal data and assessing the more global impact of all of the university’s diversity initiatives. 4
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ARTS AND SCIENCES COLLEGES Arts Overall Assessment This unit has made a strong effort to create diversity initiatives that may become an integral part of its administrative structure. The Chair/Directors are responsible for overseeing and evaluating the College’s commitment to diversify. Thirteen out of twenty administrative positions are occupied by female faculty, and two are identified as minorities. Underrepresented minorities can be found at all faculty ranks.
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