Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness (OADI)
The Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness (OADI) recognizes and aims to dismantle the structural barriers in place that prohibit the attainment of our college mission for underserved and underrepresented students. OADI reimagines how diversity and inclusion operates by using an equity asset-based framework. This entails reforming institutional structures and practices to position underrepresented bodies and their assets (lived experiences, skills, and mindsets) at the center. OADI recognizes and values marginalized approaches to knowledge production and dissemination. Our work disrupts understandings of what is considered “academic” by centering and valuing non-majority discursive practices and ways of knowing.
This is accomplished through:
- Providing targeted, asset-based programming to ensure all students have an equitable, inclusive space and place to live and learn at Beloit College.
- Support student efforts to challenge dominant understandings of what is considered “academic” as a means to create more equitable institutional opportunities for underserved and underrepresented students.
- Re-envisioning pedagogy and recognizing the validity and importance of student lived experiences, with the goal of creating inclusive classrooms through an equity asset-based framework.
- Developing faculty and staff to embed an equity asset-based framework in curricular and co-curricular activities.
- Establishing benchmarks and measuring progress through purposeful and ongoing research and assessment of campus activities around diversity, inclusiveness, and equity.
OADI sits within Academic Affairs and houses a number of different programs and initiatives focused directly on providing equitable access to higher education. The Student Excellence and Leadership (SEL) and the McNair Scholars Programs, both US Department of Education TRIO funded programs, 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 minorities. The Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP) program works with minority students interested in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). The Mellon Graduate School Exploratory Fellowship (GSEF) Program works with first-generation, low-income, underrepresented students in the humanities and social sciences that wish to attend graduate school. Our Inclusive Success Initiative focuses more broadly on retention and coordinating institution-wide work around diversity, inclusion, and equity. Finally, our Mellon-funded Inclusive Leadership Project focuses on the creation of inclusive classrooms for students through faculty and staff development around pedagogy and disciplinary histories.
The Senior Director of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness oversees all programs housed under this office.