Hire & Retain Black Faculty & Staff

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This section of the 20 demands encompasses 4 demands addressing the overall theme of Hiring and Retaining Black Faculty and Staff. This page will continue to be updated.
  1. Elevating the Senior Diversity Officer to a Cabinet-level position, and adding an independent ombuds office under a new department of college diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

SDO added to Cabinet in October 2020-June 30, 2021

  1. Developing on-campus childcare, potentially using space in the recreation center as it was originally earmarked, open to use by faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students with families. 

    Dedicated on-campus childcare options are being explored. As the cost, space, liability, and pandemic-related public health concerns associated with weighing such options are complex, we are also looking at more immediate ways of assisting SMC caregivers. In addition to the pre-tax Flexible Spending Account available to employees for Child and Dependent Care expenses, we are exploring potential partnerships and discount rate options with area child development and childcare centers.

  2. Recruiting and retaining people of color in the administration and Board of Trustees who hold the values of social justice and Lasallian education over corporate models and profit. 

  3. Hiring or contracting a Black counselor or psychologist who has demonstrated experience working with Black students, and demonstrated commitment to anti-racist work.

CAPS has contracted with Dr. Porter and she began conducting Healing Circle Groups, see her video explaining her groups and experience at SMC here!