University Diversity Committee


I. Purpose

A. Purpose: 
To serve as a central body, with representation selected from across the University, to monitor and enhance the overall progress of the University in carrying out its commitment to foster a diverse community of students and employees. The committee members share diversity best practices, engage in university diversity strategic planning, and make recommendations regarding essential diversity changes.

B. Responsibilities: 
• Periodically review and recommend changes to the University Diversity Plan
• Periodically review and recommend changes to the Cultural Diversity Office
• Assess admissions, recruiting, hiring, and retention policies and practices with attention to significant discrepancies between the University campuses’ demographic representation.
• Assess and monitor the campus climate and environment as it relates to diversity and inclusion. 
• Review issues or concerns submitted by the members of the University community concerning diversity and offer recommendations.
• Recommend necessary and appropriate policy changes to the administration.

II. Membership

A. Committee Coordinator: The Committee Coordinator shall be appointed by the University President for a term of one year.  The Coordinator shall not have voting power. The Committee Coordinator will be responsible for calling and presiding over meetings, appointing a recorder for each meeting, and ensuring that minutes are distributed to all voting and advisory members and to the Dean of Students.

B. Voting Membership: All members shall be appointed for a term of one year.  A majority of voting members must be present to constitute quorum and conduct business.

A. One Staff member from Athletics, appointed by the Dean of Students
B. Two staff member from Student Affairs, appointed by the Dean of Students
C. One Staff member from EEO, appointed by the Dean of Students
D. One Staff member from Enrollment Offices, appointed by the Dean of Students
E. One Staff member from Residential Life, appointed by the Dean of Students
F. One Staff member from Library Services, appointed by the Dean of Students
G. One Staff member from Financial Aid, appointed by the Dean of Students
H. One Staff or Faculty member from a Satellite Campus, appointed by the Dean of Students
I. Two Faculty members, appointed by the Dean of Students
J. Two Student members, appointed by the Student Government Association

C. Advisory Members

1. Vice President of Business Affairs
2. Vice President of External Affairs
3. Vice President of University Affairs
4. Vice President of Technology and Economic Development
5. Vice President/Provost of Academic Affairs
6. Assistant Director of Student Activities and Organizations

III. Operational Plan

A. The committee will meet at least twice a semester, as arranged by the Committee Coordinator.
B. The committee will submit a diversity report with respect to the above responsibilities to the administration bi-annually.
C. The committee will submit an updated University Diversity Plan every five years.