As a college, we share in Oregon State University’s aim to create “a climate of inclusion, collaboration and care that appreciates and seeks diversity as a source of enrichment and strength, and is rooted in justice, civility and respect.” Understanding how students currently experience our college’s climate is vital to moving toward this shared vision.
During Spring term 2016, with the Office of Student Success, we launched an initial effort to examine student perspectives on the climate of equity, inclusion, diversity and social justice within our college. Close to a quarter (827) of the college’s 3,361 students responded to an online survey.
Most boldly, the results tell us that as we strive for inclusive excellence, we are not there yet. Although a majority of students reported generally positive experiences in the college, students identifying as a U.S. minority and graduate students reported significantly less positive experiences.
Importantly, these findings provide us with a set of actions for positive change. First among these is the need to better understand the experiences that shape students’ perceptions. Toward that end, we will host a series of focus group discussions to listen to and learn from students. Additionally, we call for the following:
We are confident that with the above measures in place we can move boldly toward our goal of becoming a place of inclusive excellence where everyone can thrive.
The CPHHS Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Enhancement team is excited to announce a social justice training opportunity specific to our college. Jane Waite, director of OSUs Social Justice Education Initiative, will offer two-hour training sessions focused on “Creating Equitable Teaching and Learning Environments.”
We encourage all engaged in teaching and mentoring to take advantage of this opportunity by attending one of the sessions. The session description, dates and registration links are posted below.
Creating Equitable Teaching and Learning Environments- What constitutes an equitable teaching and learning environment, and why are they so critical to equalizing student success? Why do various students experience the same classes so differently? How does who we are impact the ways we teach and learn? Join the director of the Social Justice Education Initiative for this interactive and engaging workshop to explore these critical questions and more.
Register by clicking on the session you would like to attend.
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