Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness (OADI)
For 2018, OADI is focused on promoting self care and community development among the students, staff, and faculty we work with. We define self care as: shaping your life in a way that provides you with the time and space to “heal”, and recoup, rest, and become rejuvenated to succeed at life (whatever that means to you). This is different for everyone. (Coleman and Frey 2018 - McNair Scholars Program Staff)
We have 3 main priorities then for the 2018 calendar year that align with the charge of our office and will guide our work:
- Belonging - making a space and place for marginalized students (and faculty/staff) so they have a sense of belonging within Beloit College.
- Thriving - providing students with the confidence and knowledge to thrive at Beloit College and beyond through an equity asset based approach.
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 Decolonizing Pedagogies Project focuses on the creation of inclusive classrooms for students through faculty and staff development around pedagogy and disciplinary histories. Our #GetWoke series is the programming that ties our programs together.
The Senior Director of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness oversees all programs housed under this office.