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Senior Staff Inclusive Living and Learning Goals

2016-2017 Inclusive Living and Learning Goals (10/16/16)

  1. Establish a Presidential Advisory Council on Inclusive Living and Learning.
  2. Increase the proportion of students that feel a sense of belonging and are thriving at Beloit College; understand and work towards eliminating differences in a sense of belonging and thriving among different student demographics.
    1. Understand how the residential experience can better promote inclusive and equitable experiences.
    2. Understand how physical spaces on campus can better promote inclusivity and equity.
  3. Continue to develop an understanding and application of an asset-based model of student development that informs structures and practices that are intentionally equitable and inclusive.
  4. Continue to build the Sustained Dialogue (SD) program.
    1. Understand who among students, faculty, staff are not participating in SD and why.
    2. Continue to create multiple developmental pathways for the community to engage in SD over time.
  5. Build on successes of new hiring practices. Continue to innovate with hiring and retention of faculty and staff.
    1. Develop protocols that prompt hiring committees to engage the issue of implicit bias in hiring and devise and thoroughly implement strategies for mitigating implicit bias.
    2. Continue to develop new on-boarding/retention/thriving practices.
    3. Pursue sustainability of changes in diversity. For example, monitor the diversity of short-term versus long-term staffing.
  6. Continue to provide development opportunities around equity and inclusion for Senior Staff. Establish a staff and faculty development model that helps promote an appreciation of and a sophistication with how our work with students and other staff and faculty can better support an inclusive living and learning environment.
    1. Make an understanding of implicit bias a focus.
    2. Implement the new hate and bias protocol; evaluate its impact and the effectiveness of the response protocol.
    3. Understand how users experience their interactions with various offices on campus with the aim of understanding strengths and areas for improvement with an eye towards identifying areas of focus for training and development.
  7. Pursue strategies to reduce gender violence and discrimination; review and share widely the results of the sexual assault and campus climate survey and make recommendations for further action to reduce sexual assault and its effects.
  8. Evaluate the needs of students with disabilities and the resources of the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office. Explore how we can leverage this office with deeper partnerships and expertise elsewhere on campus.
  9. Understand ways in which LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty find effective support, where there is insufficient support, and develop recommendations for improving support.
  10. Improve communication about what is being done, what is currently being worked on, who is working on what, what still needs greater community discussion, where someone may introduce a topic of concern, and where someone may find evidence associated with the college’s successes with creating a more inclusive living and learning environment.