Climate/Community: Who We Are, How We Work
Build and sustain a climate and culture where everyone in the college is included, respected, and supported and each individual is able to reach one’s full potential for success.
INITIATIVE 1: Develop and sustain a collegial environment where a diverse community can thrive.
- Recruit and retain a faculty, staff, and student population that represents the demographics of our ever-changing society.
- Deliberately invest in opportunities to enhance diversity and add at least one “diversity catalyst” to every department.
- In conjunction with increasing diversity among the graduate student body, develop and provide faculty training opportunities to improve cross-cultural and cross-gender mentoring; require diversity training for all faculty members, staff members, and students who mentor graduate students or postdoctoral fellows.
- Promote work/life balance across the College through actions such as increased awareness of scheduled meeting times and considerate deadlines.
INITIATIVE 2: Improve capacity of administrators, the faculty, the staff and students to create and operate in a diverse and inclusive environment.
- Ensure that regular training is provided to department/unit leaders throughout the College to equip them with best practices for advancing diversity, personal development, and management of discriminatory and disruptive behaviors.
- Continue to improve the climate in departments/units through training on how to respond to microaggression and other issues related to diversity to support a positive, respectful, and inclusive climate.
- Require new hires (faculty, staff, grad students, postdocs) to participate in diversity training activities.
- Enhance a culture of “we” by instituting team-building exercises in departments/units as appropriate for professional development.
- Increase participation in SafeZone training and programs such as “Navigating Differences” throughout the College.
INITIATIVE 3: Enhance policies and procedures and pursue structural changes to reflect our institutional commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
- Continue to establish diverse pools of applicants for administrative, faculty, and staff positions, and for graduate and undergraduate student populations.
- Ensure that communication materials (publications, websites, etc.) reflect the increasing diversity of Purdue Agriculture.
- Establish a College Ombudsperson position to focus on diversity and inclusiveness issues.
- Focus on the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in conversations, tours, etc.
- Create a regular spotlight feature on a diversity/climate champion in the College.
- Create an annual College diversity/climate award for students, the staff and the faculty.
- Ensure that adequate resources and staff members are available for the Office of Multicultural Programs to support and enhance the College’s diversity and climate efforts.