Diversity Council

Message from the Diversity Council - June 4, 2020
The Importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion




During this global pandemic, we must continue to value diversity, equity and an inclusive community. We've all seen the disparate effects of the disease itself and the stay-at-home policy response in our lives and our communities. The disease has disproportionately taken the lives of people of color, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions. The work-from-home period eliminated child and elder care, placing additional care burdens on faculty and staff with care responsibilities, reducing their professional productivity. The disease has emboldened discriminatory actions targeting immigrants and foreign workers, as well as their descendants. Many students have struggled to finish their schoolwork without the on-campus support systems on which they depend. Many in our Michigan Tech community, and their families, have faced economic hardship from job losses. This disease has caused a devastating effect on our economy on every level: our students, employees, the community and the world as a whole.

Now is not the time to push diversity, equity and inclusion work aside. Doing so will place us even further behind in our community-building efforts when the pandemic comes to an end (however and whenever that happens). Now is the time to exercise our compassion, realizing that we don't always see the burdens that our colleagues, students and friends carry with them. It is also our time to place the safety and well-being of others at the forefront of our minds as we go forward.


Reporting Structure

Reports to: Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Chaired by: Assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion

Charge for Diversity Council - Revised August 29, 2018 

1. Provide the provost (and the President’s Council via the provost) with prioritized recommendations for efforts/actions that will improve campus diversity, inclusion, and climate based on data collected through various means.

  1. Provide recommendations on timelines for implementation of actions.
  2. Provide recommendations on metrics that can be used to gauge the effectiveness of activities.
  3. Provide guidance regarding potential strategies for addressing issues needing attention based on acknowledged best practices, the results of prior interventions at Michigan Tech and elsewhere, and/or other relevant information.

2. Review information provided by units on diversity-related initiatives.

  1. Provide information on a regular basis to the provost (and the President’s Council via the provost).
  2. Make information available to campus community as it becomes available.
  3. Identify, based on the information provided, successful best practices around campus that help to create a culture of belonging.

3. Examine University policies through a diversity and inclusion lens.

  1. Identify policies that promote equity and inclusion and provide the provost (and the President’s Council via the provost) with information about why and how these policies support diversity.
  2. Identify policies that should be modified to better support equity and inclusion and make recommendations to the provost (and the President’s Council via the provost) for improvement as appropriate.

4. Produce quarterly updates about best practices around campus and disseminate to the campus community.