- All Diversity & Inclusion
- American Indian Center
- International Center
- Multicultural Programs & Services
Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
The overall goal of diversity and inclusion work at UND is to create an environment in which all members of the UND community will gain knowledge and understanding, and practice the intercultural skills that will enable them to succeed in a diverse society. This work promotes institutional change, reflecting the needs and values of the UND community and depends upon the active involvement of all community members.
These efforts emphasize diversity broadly defined is not limited to issues of race, class gender or other protected classes, but encompasses all forms of human difference.
We will foster, build and maintain a positive campus climate to achieve the benefits of diversity for all students.
Along with the Title IX Coordinator, plans are underway to conduct a survey on Diversity, Safety and Sexual Assault. The purpose of this climate assessment is two-fold. Initially, the assessment will help the university to establish baseline data by which to examine relevant diversity issues by providing logic-based information for insight into programmatic needs and ideas. Secondly, this assessment when re-administered will help the institution to provide accountability and continuous improvement around strategic intelligence by determining success and continued challenges upon which to guide our work. Gathering such data will help University of North Dakota to examine the gap between work that is underway with regards to building and maintaining an inclusive campus and the reality of experiences of members of our university community.
Community Relations and Outreach
We will foster positive relationships with Grand Forks, the Red River Valley, and the region’s Tribal communities.
American Indian Research Committee (AIRC)
This body, comprised of members of Tribal College UND representatives, was formed to promote ethical and respectful research practice, guided by culturally responsive values and knowledge, for the benefit of American Indian and UND communities.
We will coordinate resources (including human and financial) to achieve and maintain the benefits of diversity and inclusion for all students, faculty and staff.
Working with the American Indian Center, Multicultural Programs and Services, International Center, Women’s Center, and LGBTQ Programs to do the following:
Managing all direct reports (i.e. Cultural Center Directors), including the development of staff skills through training and other forms of staff development as well as the identification, development and implementation of training needs and programs available for staff success in core leadership competencies (accountability, adaptability, communication, quality focus, inclusiveness, leadership, knowledge, and team focus) and building unit structures for optimal operations.
Diversity Advisory Council
The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) is the formal body which advises on issues relating to diversity, inclusion and equity at the University of North Dakota and makes formal regarding the university’s diversity initiatives. The Council advances the university’s appreciation, understanding and respect for all forms of human differences represented in the university community.
A primary role of the DAC is to support the work of the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. Additionally, members of this body will play a key role in faculty and senior administrative searches, campus climate assessment and curricular and co-curricular strategic planning, and advising the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, the Provost, and other administrative or advisory bodies within the university with regard to policies and practices that have an impact on the successful implementation of initiatives.
We will create and maintain a curriculum and educational experience that is responsive to and reflective of a very diverse world including content, context and pedagogy.
The Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion continues on-going work with faculty in a variety of colleges and departments. Along with the Office of Instructional Development, the AVP has and continues to conduct educational programs for faculty including reading groups for the book Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do , a session of On Teaching about difficult classroom discussions, and a workshop with faculty in the Alice Clarke II program.
Working with all reporting areas to provide funding and support for co-curricular programs such as speakers
We will recruit, retain and graduate a diverse student body with emphasis on populations that have been traditionally underrepresented in American higher education.
American Indian Recruiter
UND is seeking to fill an interim recruiter position for American Indian students. This Individual will assist with planning, organizing, and implementing recruiting activities and special projects to promote the University of North Dakota to American Indian students. Specific contacts will include prospective students at area high schools, both within and outside the state of North Dakota. The recruiter will assist with generating marketing ideas and plans in regards to American Indian student populations and provide significant support to American Indian students.
Multicultural Student Recruitment
We are building connections with staff in the Office of Admissions to discuss ways to recruit underrepresented students from urban markets such as Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Partnerships (Tribal Colleges, HBCU’s)
We will hire for diversity.
An intern is working in the office of the AVP for Diversity and Inclusion to assist in the research of diversity-related topics from a legal perspective by doing the following:
- Immediate Scrutiny Analysis of Issues in Higher Education
- Explore best practices for ways in which three essential offices:
- Human Resources; Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action; and Diversity & Inclusion (often known as the three-legged stool) can collaborate to achieve the goal of making UND a more diverse and inclusive workplace. This may result in the development of a Hiring for Diversity handbook with recommendations for increasing diversity in candidate hiring pools.
- Examine policies and programs at UND which are designed to:
- Redress historical patterns of exclusion.
- Foster opportunities to embrace the greatest mix of ideas, opinions, and beliefs to all forms of human diversity addressing bias motivated behaviors; creating a process for including bias motivated behaviors in the current Code of Conduct.