CCIE Committee Structure and Subcommittees

Subcommittee structure (2020-2021)

Charge of the Asian Pacific Islander Subcommittee:  

The Asian Pacific Islander Subcommittee exists to improve the quality of API students, faculty, and staff experiences on campus through actions and methods dedicated to celebrating our communities through programs and curriculum to celebrate API Heritage Month and through the provision of consultative support to the CCIE and to all College departments in service to the needs of API students, faculty, and staff of Saint Mary’s College.

Charge of the Black Lives Matter Subcommittee:

The Black Lives Matter subcommittee (BLM) demands accountability of Saint Mary’s College of California, as a community and institution, to recognize and address, rather than react to circumstances of inequitable treatment of Black students, staff or faculty particularly systemic racism at the institution. As such, the BLM subcommittee exists to improve the quality of Black students, faculty, and staff experiences on campus through actions and methods dedicated to celebrating Blackness in programs like 44 Days Honoring Black History and through the provision of consultative support to the CCIE and to all College departments in service to the needs of Black students, faculty, and staff of Saint Mary’s College.

Charge of the Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement Subcommittee:

In the spirit of our Lasallian Catholic heritage we are committed to lifting the voices of all members of our community, including those of all faith traditions and those who orient around religion, faith, and spirituality in a variety of ways. The Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement Subcommittee works to advance accountability of Saint Mary’s College of California, as a community and institution, to inform and promote its policies and practices regarding community members of all faith traditions.

Charge of the Gender Equity & Women’s History Month Subcommittee:

The Gender Equity & Women’s History Month subcommittee aims to examine and envision ways in which gender equity issues can be integrated into programmatic offerings across campus as they relate to and intersect with other realms of identity and with contemporary issues: Identify trends, needs and programmatic opportunities to integrate gender into the work of our respective offices and on the campus as a whole. Plan, curate and execute the campus-wide observation of Women’s History Month. Serve as advisory board to CWGE in identifying ways and collaborative opportunities to make services, resources and spaces on campus ranging from the CWGE to CARE accessible to students from marginalized backgrounds and the campus as a whole.

Charge of the Afro-Latinx/Latinx Indigenous Peoples Action Subcommittee:

The Afro-Latinx/Latinx Indigenous Peoples Action subcommittee aims to actively inform and support policies, practices, and behaviors fostering inclusive community-building to promote healing and wellness in our Afro-Latinx/Latinx communities. We will do this via promotion of equitable, and collaborative work grounded  in the rich traditions of resistance, liberation and social justice from our Afro/Indigenous Latinx Communities. The Afro-Latinx/Latinx Action subcommittee exists to: Improve the quality of Afro-Latinx/Latinx students, faculty, and staff experiences on campus; Participate in actions and events dedicated to celebrating Afro-Latinx/Latinx identity in programs like Afro-Latinx/Latinx Heritage Month; Provide consultative support to the CCIE and to all College departments in service to the needs of Afro-Latinx/Latinx students, faculty, and staff of Saint Mary’s College, and in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and other marginalized groups.

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Membership of the committees will be based primarily on alignment with institutional areas of responsibility.  Each committee will be expected to meet between scheduled CCIE meetings and to report to the whole CCIE. 

Advisory Committees

There will be two advisory committees that meet regularly in order to make recommendations to the CCIE on issues relevant to faculty, staff, and students. The Student Advisory Committee and the Faculty/Staff Advisory Committee will each have a liaison from the CCIE as a member in order to facilitate communication between the CCIE and the advisory committees.

Shared Language and Understanding

Saint Mary’s College is committed to diversity. The CCIE will begin with shared language and understanding that calls upon all of us to defend the goodness, dignity and freedom of each person and to foster sensitivity to social and ethical concerns. Our mission also calls upon students, faculty, administrators and staff from different social, economic and cultural backgrounds to come together to grow in knowledge, wisdom and compassion to become active and effective global citizens.

Diversity refers to the uniqueness among individuals in terms of background, ideas, values, and experiences. In the Saint Mary's College community, we are aware of differences in age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic class, ability, race, and ethnicity. We recognize that these differences can create imbalances in power, privilege, and access to resources and opportunities. We also recognize that in order to realize equity on our college campus, we need to create an environment where all persons are respected and included in the campus dialogue. In order to achieve this, we need to develop cultural competence in all persons at the College.

Cultural competence is the ability to recognize one's own social position and privilege, suspend assumptions about those who are different from us, respect multiple perspectives, and interact ethically and effectively with all members of the community. Cultural competence is the capacity to navigate a variety of environments with the understanding that decisions and policies that are the products of an inclusive dialogue are more powerful than prescriptive mandates. Cultural competence is aimed at defending the dignity and freedom of each person and fostering sensitivity to social, cultural, economic, religious, and political difference.

Inclusive excellence is the result of an institution's organizational structures, policies, and values that together create a climate in which diversity is viewed as a vital asset of the institution. Inclusive excellence fosters open dialogue, civility, trust, and good faith. Saint Mary's College believes that inclusivity as a college community is necessary for us to be an excellent institution of higher learning.

This college-wide effort toward advancing inclusive excellence will be co-led by the Provost and a tenured faculty member.  Leading this committee will be a significant responsibility, and the faculty Chair will receive 50% reassigned time for this commitment. The CCIE will also be given a budget for implementation of recommendations. Members of the CCIE will be selected by the President and Provost.  Faculty membership and leadership will be based on consultation with the Senate Chair. Members of the CCIE will hold leadership positions in the College with the authority to implement the changes recommended by the CCIE and possess awareness, knowledge, and skill in inclusive leadership. At least one member of the CCIE shall be a Christian Brother.  Staff and administrative membership is based on position rather than person.

Vision Statement

We of Saint Mary’s College of California are dedicated to treating all people with dignity and respect in ways that acknowledge and engage diverse backgrounds and ideas.  Our policies, practices and behaviors foster a safe and inclusive community and promote learning that is equitable, collaborative, and inspired by the presence of God in and among us.

Primary activities

  1. Articulate and promote the educational imperative for inclusive excellence;
  2. Advise and review the development of institutional, unit, and school diversity and inclusion goals;
  3. Develop and support strategies that improve the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, staff, and faculty;
  4. Sponsor and coordinate opportunities for the development of cultural competence; and,
  5. Support initiatives that advance the knowledge, practice, and recognition of inclusive excellence.

Membership

  • Senior Diversity Officer – Co-Chair
  • Provost – Co-Chair
  • Academic Senate Chairperson
  • Advancement Representative
  • Associated Students Representative
  • Assistant Vice Provost Student Success Office;
  • Budget Committee Chairperson
  • Center for Women Gender Equity representative
  • Christian Brother (appointed by Cummins Institute)
  • Dean of Students
  • Faculty representative from each School
    (appointed by Senate Committee on Committees)
  • Human Resources
  • Intercultural Center (1 staff, 1 student)
  • Staff Council Chairperson
  • Vice President for Mission
  • Vice Provost Student Life

Terms of Membership

  • The term of membership on the CCIE for those serving as representatives of a designated group (and not those there by virtue of their position) is expected to be three years.
  • Faculty members of the CCIE shall be appointed by the Committee on Committees of the Academic Senate.
  • The non-exempt staff member of the CCIE shall be selected by the Chair of the Staff Council in consultation with the Director of Human Resources.
  • Undergraduate student representatives shall be expected to serve one-year terms and will be selected by the Vice Provost of Student Life in consultation with the president of the associated student body.  At least one representative should hold an elected position, with the other representatives serving at large. 
  • The graduate student representative will serve for one year and be selected by the Provost in consultation with the Chair of the Graduate Council.

Executive Structure

  • The Provost and the Senior Diversity Officer will serve as co-chairs 
  • One chairperson from each CCIE subcommittee will serve on the executive committee. 
  • The BIRT co-chair will serve on the executive committee.