“Equity and accountability around diversity and inclusion is layered, challenging, and nuanced work. And yet, the stead-fast and intentional creation of an inclusive academic community presents all its members with the boundless gift of understanding and mutual support.”
Interim Chief Diversity Officer
The Diversity & Inclusion Partners Council (DIPC) is an action-oriented team of inclusion champions that serves primarily as a resource to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. DIPC is comprised of staff and administration advocates who help establish actionable goals and implement inclusion initiatives within their respective departments.
Building a culture of inclusion means not only fostering diversity across a broad and expanding range of identities; it also means effectively leveraging these perspectives. Our efforts to create a campus community that is culturally competent and to build trust around our differences occurs with the support of faculty and staff diversity trainers. Faculty and staff volunteers help facilitate our signature intercultural skills development series, Gatekeepers, and LGBTQ Safe Zone workshops (to name a few), following participation in a comprehensive train-the-trainer program.