Campus Climate Survey and Inclusive Excellence Funding Proposals

The College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) has sustained progress in a variety of ways this semester. The CCIE Educational Case Statement, which explains the imperative for our work from liberal arts, Catholic and Lasallian perspectives, has been well received. An Acts of Intolerance Protocol for Students has been established and is included in the student handbook. We have received many constructive comments regarding a draft of the Acts of Intolerance Protocol for Faculty and Staff, and we will work with the Academic Senate and Staff Council in the spring to develop that document further.

Our book groups have generated rich discussion and exploration; as a continuation of those discussions, the CCIE will co-sponsor a presentation by Tim Wise, author of White Like Me, next February. The CCIE has also participated in and evaluated a Campus of Difference workshop organized by the Anti-Defamation League, and we will soon participate in a diversity workshop that explores issues of diversity within the context of the Catholic intellectual tradition. These CCIE activities are the foundation for the campus-wide cultural competency workshops that will be offered early next spring.

In addition to these CCIE initiatives, the committee is ready to support initiatives from members of the campus that promote inclusive excellence. Please see the Call for Proposals for the procedures to apply for these funds.

Finally, we have reviewed and have posted a report summarizing the findings of the Campus Climate Survey conducted last semester. We will host a community-wide event on Dec. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Soda Center to discuss results and implications of the climate survey, and to invite discussion about this and other CCIE activities.

Robert Bulman and Beth Dobkin, co-chairs, CCIE