A draft strategic plan outlining steps to address diversity and related issues is available for campus review and comment, according to the panel that wrote the 34-page report, which is posted online.
In a Jan. 26 broadcast e-mail, the 15-member Diversity Strategic Plan Steering Committee, chaired by Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman, invites the campus community to study the plan and provide feedback. “We believe the draft Diversity Strategic Plan not only provides a comprehensive look at the state of diversity on the campus today, but provides a blueprint for future actions.”
The draft plan, according to the committee, highlights key issues, sets broad directions and launches immediate specific actions and further inquiries. The committee organized its findings and recommendations around five thematic areas:
- Establish UMass Amherst as a destination of choice for students of color and other underrepresented groups
- Improve the campus climate of inclusion
- Enhance effectiveness of curriculum and educational programs with regard to diversity and inclusion
- Increase focus on recruiting, retention and promotion of diverse faculty and staff
- Increase engagement with external communities/schools with large proportions of underrepresented minorities
Along with soliciting comments via the panel’s website, an open community forum on the draft report is being held Thursday, Feb. 5 from 4-5 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.
“Members of the Steering Committee will be present to hear your feedback,” said the e-mail. “We are eager to incorporate your ideas into a final version of the Plan.”