Today's Update: Thursday, September 24

September 24, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, You will recall that over the summer, in light of ongoing instances of social unrest in our country, I established the Student Life Commitment and Action Planning Team (CAPT) led by Dr. Kim Monteaux De Freitas and Dr. Todd Suddeth and joined by a number of Student Life team members.  

CAPT is continuing to work to provide opportunities for us to come together and reaffirm our commitments, identify critical elements of change and create a plan for action that will illuminate our dedication to diversity, equity, inclusion and racial justice. 

One aspect of this effort should be unveiled soon. They are working toward a November launch of a climate study to better understand staff experiences of organizational culture through a diversity, equity?and?inclusion lens. It will also be valuable to analyze trends from previous administration of climate surveys.?All part-time and full-time team members will be asked to take the survey.  

Other action items in process for later this fall include: ? 

  • Developing affinity spaces for Student Life staff based on shared identities?? 

  • Crafting a diversity statement to articulate Student Life values?and?commitment?to diversity, equity?and?inclusion efforts?? 

  • Developing shared language among staff?and?students around diversity, equity?and?inclusion  

A number of team members are involved in this phase of the plan and have split into four subcommittees to tackle these mandates. 

I am excited about the progress that is being made by this group and look forward to sharing more updates with you in weeks to come. I’d like to encourage you to become involved. There will be more opportunities for you to engage in planning and implementation of the plan once the areas mentioned above are rolled out.  

In the meantime, if there are other ideas and suggestions you have, please feel free to share those directly with me, Kim and/or Todd. 

This is crucial work and is at the core of who we are as a university and as student affairs professionals. It’s also what makes us Scarlet and Great.  

Melissa