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Building on Excellence

Diversity

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Building on Excellence

Diversity

The Diversity Theme for West Chester University's Strategic Plan focuses on two main areas: inclusion and infusion. In Year 2 of Phase 1, 14 outcome actions across five objectives were active. The outcome actions focus on activities and support for the Council for Diversity, Inclusion, and Academic Excellence that was created in Year 1, expanding programming related to diversity, and providing resources for diverse groups.

Through the newly established Council for Diversity, Inclusion and Academic Excellence, the University community is able to have a broad conversation about what is diversity and how various diverse constituencies can be included in the overall campus community. In addition, within the Diversity Theme of the Strategic Plan, the University commits to creating ways to acknowledge and infuse difference and cultural competency. The Council for Diversity, Inclusion and Academic Excellence was the overall strength and accomplishment for the first year of this section of the Strategic Plan. Future work continues with various campus constituencies so as to assure that some diversity offices do not function as silos and with varying purposes. In addition, new energy and efforts are underway to collect data for some constituency groups on campus that have traditionally not been collected (i.e. veterans and LGBTQA).

Highlights for Year 2

  1. Council for Diversity, Inclusion and Academic Excellence, with a new Chief Diversity Officer Lynn Klingensmith, is helping to coordinate the University's many diversity initiatives.
  2. Communication Studies Trans-cultural Literacy program, led by Dr. Anita Foeman, is thriving, including 3,000 people on WCU's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
  3. 17 University Forum proposals funded to focus on diversity programming, more than double the eight proposals from the previous year.
  4. The launch of the critical Campus Climate Survey commencing Fall 2015.
  5. West Chester University has been designated a "Military Friendly School" by Victory Media, publisher of GI Jobs magazine. We also recently learned that WCU will be listed as a "top school" in the 2016 MAE&T Guide to Colleges & Universities published by Military Advanced Education and Transition.
  6. African American and Latino/a enrollment has increased significantly over the last year.
  7. Admissions has hired a new assistant director of multicultural recruitment and community outreach.