“ensure a welcoming, engaging, diverse, and inclusive campus environment”
In higher education, devotion to diversity is becoming more important than serious scholarship.
Campus Reform reports:
DePaul strategic plan emphasizes diversity, ignores free speech
DePaul University is placing a major emphasis on increasing “diversity” as part of a long-term strategic plan adopted earlier this year.
“We share a primary and enduring commitment to the education of underserved populations, including students who are first-generation, low-income, immigrants, or students of color, affording them the opportunity to make a difference in the trajectory of their lives and communities,” the introductory statement for the Plan for DePaul 2024 states.
Indeed, one of the six “strategic priorities” outlined in the plan is devoted to ways that DePaul can “ensure a welcoming, engaging, diverse, and inclusive campus environment”—an ambition that occasionally resurfaces within other categories, as well.
In order to create “an inclusive and engaging experience for all students,” for instance, the Plan calls for strengthening “programs that serve students of color, first-generation students, low-income students, and LGBTQIA+ students,” in addition to more generic efforts such as creating “student welcome programs,” expanding mentoring programs, and engaging students in “cocurricular activities” on Fridays.
The Plan also suggests that DePaul can create “a respectful and inclusive workplace environment” by increasing the diversity of administrators, expanding “leadership, professional development, and diversity programs for staff,” and providing “diversity training” for staff hiring managers.
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