The plan for advancing diversity at Adelphi University describes the methods by which our institution aims to enhance our environment and encourage conversation.
Efforts to advance diversity at Adelphi University have been coordinated by the campus Diversity Committee since 2003.
One of the guiding principles of the Diversity Committee has been to support University policies, as well as putting structures in place to promote awareness of diversity. Past efforts of the committee have included a feasibility study, campus focus groups, curriculum mapping, and consideration of a climate survey.
In 2010, the committee developed language for inclusion in Goal B of AU 2015, Adelphi's 5-year strategic plan. Also in the 2010-2011 academic year, the committee developed a report to the provost outlining a structure for how we plan to address diversity at Adelphi University. This report became the Diversity Plan for Adelphi University and is shared here.
The plan for advancing diversity at Adelphi University includes:
The Diversity Committee serves as a mechanism through which faculty, students, and staff might bring diversity concerns to the University’s attention for the purpose of meaningful dialogue and constructive problem solving.
Advancing diversity plays an important role in institutions of higher learning. To remain relevant to the students and faculty they serve, colleges and universities must reflect the changing demographics of the population and the growing globalization of society.
Diversity is an affirmation of the richness of human differences, ideas, and beliefs. Advancing diversity in the context of higher education involves promoting a climate of intercultural awareness and respect; engaging the curriculum in a way that fosters appreciation for the depth and breadth of diverse thoughts and perspectives; and actively seeking a diverse student body, faculty and staff at the University.
In AU2015: A Strategic Plan for Adelphi University, Goal B states, "An Adelphi education will offer relevance in a changing world." To that end, the Committee’s objective is to promote diversity in personnel, curriculum, and services. By recruiting students, staff, faculty members, and administrators from varied backgrounds, Adelphi will infuse its campus and centers with new perspectives and intercultural awareness. Adelphi will also provide incentives to support programs and initiatives that promote and value multiple points of view and better accommodate the needs of 21st Century students.
» Benefits and Challenges of Diversity in Academic Settings
Eve Fine and Jo Handelsman
Women of Science & Engineering Leadership Institute
University of Wisconsin-Madison
» Experiencing the Unexpected: Toward a Model of College Diversity Experiences and Attitude Change
Nicholas A. Bowman and Jay W. Brandenberger
The Review of Higher Education
Winter 2012, Volume 35, No. 2, pp. 179–205
Focus groups organized to explore diversity issues among students at Adelphi's Garden City campus. Reports were filed from the following groups:
Language written for inclusion in Adelphi 2015: A Strategic Plan for Adelphi University:
Objective: Promote Diversity in Personnel, Curriculum, and Services
By recruiting students, faculty members, and administrators from varied backgrounds, Adelphi will infuse its campus and centers with new perspectives and enhance intercultural awareness. Adelphi will provide incentives to support programs and initiatives that promote and value multiple points of view and better accommodate the needs of 21st century students with a global perspective.
The Faculty Senate releases a Statement on Diversity.
» Read the senate's statement on diversity
Provost Gayle Insler releases a statement in support of institutional diversity:
To: Entire Campus
From Provost Gayle Insler
Date: April 23, 2013
I am pleased to announce that our colleague Dr. Perry Greene has taken on additional responsibilities as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Institutional Diversity. Adelphi has long had an affirmative action officer: Lisa S. Araujo, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Labor Relations holds this post. This new appointment signals that we wish to pursue programming, mutual support and the creation of a campus culture that embraces and goes beyond our commitment to affirmative action. In his new role which includes Institutional Diversity, Dr. Greene will work collaboratively with all stakeholders to advance the University’s mission and goals on issues of diversity, and provide leadership to the campus and support to the Provost on issues related to personnel recruitment, retention and mentoring. He will continue to co-chair the University Diversity Committee, promote diversity-building activities across the University, and work with the Offices of Human Resources and Enrollment Management to enhance recruitment and retention efforts to achieve a diverse workforce and student body.
Associate Provost Greene will continue to serve on the University’s Anti-Harassment Panel and support Esther Goodcuff as Title IX Deputy Coordinator.
I am grateful that Dr. Greene has taken on these responsibilities in addition to those he currently carries, and I thank him for his strong leadership role in helping make diversity a high priority for our community. Please join me in thanking Dr. Greene
Gayle D. Insler
The Adelphi Mentoring program is established, with Chotsani West designated as Mentoring Program Coordinator.
» Learn more about the Mentoring Program
Adelphi University President Christine M. Riordan releases a statement in support of institutional diversity.
» Read the president's statement on institutional diversity