Diversity

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Culturally Competent, Socially Responsible

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is committed to creating an inclusive educational community consisting of faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds and with differing perspectives, interests and goals. The college has a responsibility to reflect the multiplicity of the world outside the university and one that promotes intellectual inquiry and other activities essential to a democratic society. 

Such a community elevates the understanding of its members, by bringing people with divergent points of view and cultural frames of reference into contact with each other in ways that promote mutual respect and understanding as well as a heightened sense of intellect and scholarship.  The college believes that this commitment will only be fulfilled by intentional action, and is therefore committed to the development and support of initiatives designed to facilitate recruitment, professional development, inclusion and retention of those who are not yet fully represented or included in our community.

About

College Diversity Plan

University 3-year plan 

Diversity Advisory Committee (2017-2020)

  • Christina Abreu (Latino and Latin American Studies/History)
  • David Changnon (Geography)
  • Nicole LaDue (Geological Sciences)
  • George Slotsve (Economics)
  • Je Song (Geography)
  • Simon Weffer (Sociology/Latino and Latin American Studies)
  • Terrence Powell (student) 

Equity Team (2016-2018)

  • Anne Britt (Psychology)
  • Paul Dawkins (Math)
  • Ellen Franklin (English)
  • Janice Hamlet, Team Leader
  • Laurence Lurio (Physics)
  • Simon Weffer (Sociology/Latino and Latin American Studies)
  • Taneisha Vilma (graduate student)

On-going College Initiatives

Cultural Competency Training for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Beginning fall 2017, cultural competency training is mandatory for all new graduate teaching assistants. The full day training focuses on preparing GTA to create inclusive classrooms.

Annual Conference for Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Fellows (DFI).

Conference encourages fellowship recipients to remain in academia after graduation and to consider the professoriate as a career path. 

Cultural Competency training for Chairs and Search Committees

The college continually offers cultural competency training for its chairs. It also supports university centered implicit bias training for members of search committees in facilitating a more diverse search process and inclusiveness in faculty hiring.

Town Meetings with the Dean

As an outgrowth of the equity team’s research and recommendations, the dean and diversity director will coordinate “town meetings” with our students of color in the various cultural academic centers in the college as well as a general gathering of all of our students in CLAS to discuss their concerns.

Contact Us

Director
Janice D. Hamlet

Phone 815-753-7954
Zulauf Hall 314
jhamlet@niu.edu