Priority Two

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence: Creating a thriving community.

Rationale: Gallaudet, like universities across the country, must actively work to create a thriving community where a true sense of belonging exists for all members.

Goal: Create a campus climate where all members feel welcomed, supported, included, and valued for their unique qualities and individual contributions.

Objective One: Develop and resource key initiatives and actions to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Objective Two: Strengthen the sense of belonging for students, faculty, teachers, and staff.

Objective Three: Increase the hiring, retention, professional development, and promotion of diverse faculty, teachers, and staff, particularly deaf people of color.

Objective Four: Enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning to strengthen the cultural competence of our student body.

Objective Five: Build shared governance principles and practices that strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Strategies:

  1. Create an institutional diversity strategy and action plan.
  2. Develop and begin initial implementation of a plan that addresses practices, procedures, communications, and training programs that attract, hire, retain, and promote diverse faculty, teachers, and staff, particularly deaf people of color.
  3. Clarify roles and responsibilities of all governance groups to advance the principles and practices of shared governance and to ensure diversity, inclusion and equity in their representation and decision-making processes.
  4. Continue President Cordano’s meetings with all major staff units and faculty members.
  5. Expand the use of restorative justice principles as part of the University's response to student incidents.
  6. Systematically implement strategies to improve access and inclusion of people with disabilities on campus.