The Department of Student Activities will demonstrate its commitment to diversity and social justice by working to fulfill the departmental strategic initiative to create an environment in which all people feel valued and respected, and seek to learn across social and cultural barriers. The Department will:
- Define the terms diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice to create a shared understanding of what these terms mean within the department.
- Allocate resources to diversity and social justice education.
- Provide intentional opportunities for students to expand/increase their multicultural competence and encourage departmental staff to participate in professional development opportunities that expand/increase their multicultural competence and ability to work with diverse student populations.
- Support university diversity initiatives.
- Challenge/address issues of injustice and/or insensitivity on campus and in student organizations where/when appropriate.
We are aware that we use words interchangeably, and by doing so, they take on different meanings. Below are commonly used terms and our approach to incorporating them into our work.
The concept of diversity emphasizes difference among members of social groups.
Multiculturalism is a state of being in which members of different social identity groups value their differences, interact respectfully, and are empowered to contribute their perspectives.
Social Justice is both a process and a goal. The process focuses on the understanding and change of social structures that create inequality. The goal is a global community with social responsibility toward and with others, where resources are equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.
Additionally, the Department of Student Activities created a Diversity Plan that focuses on Accountability, Climate and Education that will be reviewed twice a year. The purpose of the plan is to provide staff with tools to develop, prioritize, and implement action plans that can be used to achieve a more diverse staff and supportive environment for all students.