Diversity Plan

Adelphi’s plan for advancing diversity

The plan for advancing diversity at Adelphi University describes the methods by which our institution aims to enhance our environment and encourage conversation.

Background

Background

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.

 

Advancing Diversity

Advancing Diversity

The plan for advancing diversity at Adelphi University includes:

  • Promoting awareness of the University’s AU2015 goal toward encouraging “diversity of its students, faculty, and administration to allow for the infusion of multiple perspectives into its curriculum and operations.”
  • Meeting with other University constituents, including faculty, students, and staff, to work collaboratively toward achieving University goals related to issues of diversity
  • Supporting and coordinating with crucial areas of campus, including:
    • Office of the Provost
    • Office of Multicultural Affairs
    • Office of Human Resources
  • Holding forums to discuss ways to “infuse its campus and centers with new perspectives and enhance intercultural awareness” (AU2015).
  • Addressing campus climate and reporting on anecdotes/vignettes on the campus where attention to differences and inclusion can be improved
  • Enhancing our diversity training for recruitment and retention activities
  • Infusing the curriculum with the new and multicultural perspectives “that promote and value multiple points of view and better accommodate the needs of the 21st century students with a global perspective” (AU2015).
  • Addressing classroom dynamics to support and promote affirmation of the richness of the human experience in all of its many forms.

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.

 

Rationale

Rationale

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.

Reports in Support of Advancing Academic Diversity

» 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

 

Timeline of Past Efforts

2008

Focus groups organized to explore diversity issues among students at Adelphi's Garden City campus. Reports were filed from the following groups:

  • African-American students
  • Asian students
  • students with disabilities
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)students
  • majority (Caucasian) students

» Read the focus group results

2010

Language written for inclusion in Adelphi 2015: A Strategic Plan for Adelphi University:

Goal B: An Adelphi Education Will Offer Relevance in a Changing World

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.

» Learn more about Adelphi 2015

2012

The Faculty Senate releases a Statement on Diversity.

» Read the senate's statement on diversity

2013

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

2014

The Adelphi Mentoring program is established, with Chotsani West designated as Mentoring Program Coordinator.

» Learn more about the Mentoring Program

2015

Adelphi University President Christine M. Riordan releases a statement in support of institutional diversity.

» Read the president's statement on institutional diversity

 
 

For further information, please contact:

Diversity Committee
e - AUdiversity@adelphi.edu or fill out our contact form

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Thoughts on Diversity

I can see myself in all things and all people around me.– Author Unknown, Sanskrit phrase

Thoughts on Diversity

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.– Martin Luther King, Jr.