Inclusion Initiatives

I.D.E.A. MISSION

To facilitate a developmental journey toward greater understanding and empowerment around diversity, equity, access, and inclusion for Division of Student Affairs staff.

STUDENT AFFAIRS I.D.E.A. COLLECTIVE

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I.D.E.A. Defined

An active effort to involve people of all identities, while providing resources needed by various communities. Inclusion is to be incorporated in all aspects of a process, not just the beginning.
The presence of differences among individuals in a group. Diversity can include but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, citizenship, socioeconomic class, etc. We acknowledge that these social constructs influence how people are treated and experience the world.
Creating a level playing field for individuals or groups according to their respective needs, which may include equal treatment or treatment that is different but is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations, and opportunities.
Equal opportunity to fully participate.
• American Bar Association – https://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/initiatives/task-force-implicit-bias/implicit-bias-toolbox/glossary/

• Merriam-Webster dictionary – https://www.merriam-webster.com/

• Association of fundraising professionals – https://afpglobal.org/inclusion-diversity-equity-and-access-idea-definitions

• University of Michigan – https://diversity.umich.edu/about/defining-dei/

• Journal of Infectious Diseases article – https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiz198

AREAS OF IMPACT

  • Connector.

    Education

    • Dialogue and educational workshops
    • Identifying barriers to staff/division success
    • Bystander Intervention
    • Resources
    • Competency development

  • Connector.

    Culture

    • Start with “Why”
    • Ongoing journey (professional) development
    • Consultation
    • Community building and celebration
    • Bystander Intervention
    • Best practices – hiring, statement in job description, etc.
    • Develop divisional I.D.E.A. goals and expectations

  • Connector.

    Storytelling

    • Identify areas of opportunity and success
    • Reveal gaps
    • Evaluate and measure impact
    • Create opportunities for alignment
    • Creating buy-in & communicating out to Division