Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness
The Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness believes difference is a vital part of how we live and learn. Our charge is to help build capacity around, and embed practices in, understandings of diversity, inclusion, and equity within academic affairs. This is accomplished through:
- Re-envisioning of pedagogy and recognition of the validity and importance of student lived experiences, with the goal of creating an inclusive classroom through an equity framework.
- Challenging dominant understandings of what is considered “academic”.
- Reimagining how diversity and inclusion operates at Beloit College.
Academic diversity is the recognition that individual and group/social differences are central to the production and dissemination of academic knowledge. Inclusion demonstrates equity and social justice through awareness, understanding, and respect for differences in identity, culture, background, experience, and socialization, and the ways in which these forms of difference impact how we live and learn. Equity is the creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to, and participate in, educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.
We will realize these core values through three key actions:
- Provide targeted programming to ensure all students have an equitable inclusive space and place to live and learn at Beloit College.
- Awareness and capacity building for faculty and staff centered on the importance of diversity and inclusivity in curricular and co-curricular activities.
- Establishing benchmarks and measure progress through purposeful and ongoing research and assessment of activities around diversity, inclusiveness, and equity.
The Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness houses the Student Excellence and Leadership (SEL) and the McNair Scholars Programs, both US Department of Education TRIO funded programs that use an asset-based model approach to work with students who are first-generation college, from low-income backgrounds, have a documented disability, and/or are domestic minority. The Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP) program also resides in this office and works with minority students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math (STEM). Finally, this office houses our Inclusive Success Initiative, which focuses more broadly on persistence and institution-wide work around diversity, inclusion and equity within academic affairs. The Senior Director of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness oversees all programs housed under this office.