How is D&I represented on your organization’s strategic roadmap? Is it included in your vision, mission or values? If so, how?
Diversity, Inclusion, and a focus on developing a curious, purposeful and engaged global community is the heart of North Central’s mission. Included in our mission, vision, values, and in our strategic plan-fostering diversity, inclusion, and global engagement is how we develop the intellectual, physical, and spiritual human being.
North Central College engages our faculty and staff to develop programs which support diversity, inclusion, and promote an environment free from discrimination. We challenge our faculty and staff to model civil dialogue on social issues which fosters a collegial exchange of ideas. These elements are displayed in the classroom and programs we present to our students, including a robust study abroad program throughout the year.
As part of our roadmap, training and dialogue is an essential component of enhancing diversity and inclusion at the College. North Central:
What are the main accountabilities and impact of having a CDO to the organization?
Between Human Resources and our Title IX and EEO offices, leadership is recommending that within five years, the College develop a Chief Diversity Office whose responsibilities include:
What are problems, frustrations, and lessons learned have you encountered in implementing your D&I initiatives?
As we develop more programs and initiatives focused on enhancing diversity and inclusion, one element which any person charged with these programs must take into account is that diversity means something different to everyone. Developing programs which focus on positive exchanges of ideas and dialogue have been critical to early successes at North Central College.