Diversity and Inclusiveness: Comments from 10/20/11

Members of campus were asked what they would create, keep, and discard regarding Diversity and Inclusiveness. The following are their responses:

Create

•Programs to improve diversity and inclusiveness in natural science programs (chemistry, physics, engineering)

•Improve faculty training (beyond the Big Idea) to create inclusiveness in the classroom

•Create a partnership with Family Development Center: for example the past two years we have had a student from Colorado Springs School of the Deaf and Blind just participate mornings in our preschool room. Maybe a student teaching sign language once a week to preschoolers. (Any extracurricular activity we offer implies diversity and Inclusiveness students and families to enroll at our center providing more family feel)

•More family events for the whole community to keep everyone engaged.

•More diversity in the upper management and supervisory positions in facility services. I've been here going on 15 years and have seen no advancement in these positions

•It would be good for international students to be opened to more opportunities out here, for example providing them with scholarships and even considerable housing conditions (housing food and others) which would help acclimate them early.

•More international recruiting and campus services for international students.

•Coordinates more events for diversity students

•Create sustainable diversity programs. Money has to be behind the programs that work so they can continue to expand.

•More programs that focus on Social Justice.

•Student workers need to be treated as important as non-student workers. Jobs need to ensure the fair treatment and expectations exist for employers (regardless of gender etc.) The same job titles should be expected to be able to do the same work.

•Create plans like LGBT task force then work on it, don't just create then not actively work on it

•More support for international students. Better resources for international students helping them get acclimated to life in the US

•Link diversity to social justice focus on sustainability. Environmental problems affect minority populations.

•I like what you have but to be honest what is communicated is that for UCCS diversity is all about LGBT and not anything else.

•Think about diversity holistically- in ways that unite rather than divide and ways that eschew older polarities and that recognized mixed and hybrid ways of being.

•A Diverse (racially) faculty, staff, and student body

•Stop the discrimination actions of professors. Stop the discrimination forms that the university uses as a whole.

•Have an international students office.

•More people to advise students.

•I would encourage the campus to increase our emphasis on political diversity. This would mean an effort to provide faculty and visiting speakers who represent the best of both liberal and conservative scholarship and thinking.

•Learning specialists within the excel centers to help with people with disabilities. I.E. A student with Asperger's needing extra help on papers. Developing ideas above and beyond the normal help that is already provided. A student with a learning disability needing remedial English help.

•Expansion of the disability services office. Coordinators for specific disabilities. Interpreter coordinator.

•Treat all employees the same. There is a definite division between exempt and classified staff.

•Apply and become McNair Scholars program for graduate students. Would love to have this program as a resource to attract more diversity to grad population.

•Gender neutral bathrooms/ dorm floors to accommodate students who are LGBT.

•Recruit more diverse student populations. Ensure students of diverse backgrounds get support to succeed and feel at home.

•We still need to improve diversity among administration as well as faculty.

•Lets increase the number of African Americans on Campus.

•We need more staff support to help our diverse students feel more connected to the UCCS community.

•We need more mentors- all first generation, first year students should have an "automatic mentor."

•Need budgets for diversity and inclusiveness. Lots of talk about the importance of diversity and inclusiveness but no money to implement programs- events- very important to fund!

•More American Indian students and organizations.

•Create a program to include more cultural at the Family Development Center by allowing students to come to read at the center in their home language (Korean, Japanese, Spanish, etc.)

•It seems that awareness of every possible color sexual preference, etc. is very obvious... However the importance of treating all with respect should never be diminished~ often staff are treated like "3rd class citizens," dismissed by faculty asked to do things they could-should do for themselves

•Additional support staff for Mosaic and Associate VC of Diversity

•More diversity in student body would really help, so that one is not "the black guy in class."

•Keep critical thinking skills while engaging in civil discourses about religion and any topics.

•Attract more diverse faculty and students and retain them.

•One stop shop for international students. ISSS employment.

•Collaborative efforts with other student services offices to focus these efforts to diverse populations. Example: Career services for minority students and these challenges faced.

•We still don't talk enough about diversity and inclusiveness in classes or outside of classes there is still a great amount of misunderstanding or lack of understanding on our campus.

•Community action assignments/collaborative service

•Curriculum services/ E.g. Sauer's Disability Studies in Education

•Create a Menu of Options Language and Short term Internship

•Conversation tables

•Maybe create a Big Idea type of workshop for the preschool children at the Family Developmental center

•Ada/ Universally designed Campus. Disability Inclusiveness--Integration into current systems v. "own" club.

•More collaboration with other departments--seems like Diversity and Inclusiveness only comes out of the Mosaic Office

•Gender neutral bathrooms

•Spaces for light people of color

•Ability-friendly spaces

•More boxes for gender in surveys etc. (for those who do not identify with gender)

•Interactive discussions about issues not just surveys.

•Inform everyone about services

•Process for dealing with discrimination

•All campus communities need to become more aware of the effects of discrimination and its effects on the individual

•More diversity training for all: students, staff, supervisors, and faculty. Please drill this into these people.

•Recruit more national and international faculty of color by making the university and the Springs more attractive to their needs.

•Add music/ Color students (peer mentors) to international luncheon.

Keep

•Learning Inclusiveness Initiatives

•Great strides in this area-keep going!

•Keep the students our first priority. Make them feel as if this is their second home.

•Big Idea

•Create an atmosphere of respect more basic than inclusiveness.

•Mosaic + Mosaic Director

•I would like to see the Pre- Collegiate program expanded. This is an excellent program, which helps prepare High School Students for college. Most likely the students who are in Pre- Collegiate will chose UCCS as their choice of college.

•Encouraging enrollment and support for the diverse student body.

•Continue to recruit from out of state and country, to bring in more people of different cultures.

•Mosaic Office

•Professional Development/ Diversity education

•Mentoring programs

•This is great I really see a smoothing across the different cultures

•Big Idea training

•Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity is doing an excellent job advancing diversity initiatives. Keep up the great work.

•I love the progress have been made in LGBTQ issues. Diversity is a very important issue for South Colorado.

•You should continue to keep up the great work with your diversity clubs. Continue to keep guiding the diverse students and be more available for them. Also, help the students on how to receive more diversity scholarships. Also, keep the diverse students wanting to stay at UCCS.

•Big Idea Workshop

•Diversity is great but when it overshadows others that are not in the "diverse groups" it stars to exclude people.

•Keep Mosaic, LGBT Resource Center, communities that focus on marginalized issues.

•I am a senior undergraduate student who has utilized the Excel centers throughout my entire academic career at UCCS. I have used the Writing Centers help both online and in person in Columbine. They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful with any writing questions I might have. I have also used the Math and Communications Center's resources to help with my classes. I have extensively worked with the science center (as I am earning a B.S. in Chemistry). Their tutoring has been extremely vital to my complete understanding of any science material that I may have encountered over the last four years. The learning environment at the Science Center creates sense of community with my peers that I have not experienced anywhere else on campus.

•As a student, I want to express my feelings about the value of the Excel Centers at UCCS. They helped me to succeed in Organic Chem. and Calc II. They've made me a better student.

Discard

•More emphasis on the whole person or different qualities of a person, not just emphasis on ethnicity

•I totally "get" diversity but sometimes the focus on is at the expense of other things that should take precedence

•Be careful of who you are now excluding, for example the Holiday Service Project is totally meaningless, due to you allowing controversy to change it.

•Discard talking about inclusiveness and not working on it.