The Task Force proposed a goal that 26% of faculty body be people of color by 2018-19.
- 29% of faculty are POC for 2021-22 academic year; 27% in 2018-19.
The faculty body reflects or exceeds the diversity of the student body.
- The overall percentage of faculty of color (29%) does not exceed the percentage of students of color (44%). The percentage of faculty with certain identities exceeds that of the student percentage who identify in the same groupings (African, African American, Hispanic/Latinx).
Each academic department achieves 20% faculty of color by 2020.
- Progress has been made across individual departments (nine out of 11 are greater than 20%). Some departments are not yet at 20% of faculty being people of color.
Diversity of sexual orientation, religion, age, geography, ability, socioeconomic status, ideological perspectives
- Expanding diversity is ongoing focus in hiring and student admissions. Two new admission positions created in 2020-21 to support outreach.
Immersive experience in cross-cultural competency for Trustees, faculty, staff, and students, providing a common language and framework.
- Cross-cultural competency through immersive experiences is part of a professional requirement for all administrators, department heads, and new faculty; opportunities also exist for students. Opportunities for staff and trustees have not yet been identified.
New Faculty attend Diversity Directions or SEEDS training between second and third years.
- Many faculty members have participated in Diversity Directions and other comparable programs; it is an ongoing requirement.
Ongoing cross-cultural training
- Recent Professional development includes work with Dr. Keith Hinderlie on Culturally Responsive Teaching and ongoing work with VISIONS, Inc. Various departments continue to engage with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on deepening cross-cultural competency.
Current faculty will participate in off-campus cross-cultural competency professional development within three years, then once every four years.
- More than 96% of faculty members have completed this requirement.
Annual skill-based competency work around equality, equity and inclusivity utilizing cultural resources within the faculty.
- Faculty members have led faculty meetings focused on culturally-responsive teaching; hosted teach-in sessions for current faculty; formed a faculty book group on culturally-responsive teaching, and also work with SPS Faculty DEI Council.
Encourage faculty publications on topics of diversity and inclusivity.
- "Truths that are Self-Evident," by Vice Rector of Faculty Michael Spencer, CSEE 4/21.
Create and launch an equity/inclusivity forum by summer 2020.
- The pandemic introduced challenges and forced delays; however, the Asian American Footsteps Conference (AAFC) will be hosted by SPS in 2023.