In the fall of 2015, Chancellor James Schmidt charged the Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Implementation Team with developing recommendations for how UW-Eau Claire can make progress toward our 2024 goal of 20 percent enrollment of students of color and elimination of the opportunity gap. The team was asked to address five key areas, which are:
- Recommend strategies for including faculty and staff EDI contributions into annual evaluation, promotion and tenure decisions;
- Identify campus-wide professional development to increase employee and student cultural intelligence and improve the campus climate;
- Determine strategies for recruiting and retaining faculty and staff of color;
- Identify ways in which all departments and units can contribute to reaching our 20% goal; and
- Recommend ways to improve communication about our recruitment and retention efforts.
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Circles of Change: Moving from dialogue to action
UW-Eau Claire and local community partners are working to build and embrace a more racially and ethnically diverse and inclusive environment in the Chippewa Valley.
Your voice, perspective, personal experience and ideas for improving our community are important. Students, civic leaders, business owners, parents, administrators, medical care providers, social workers and people from all walks of life and backgrounds are invited to participate in the Circles of Change dialogue groups.
Circles of Change is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Technical College and the Eau Claire Area School District. To read a moving personal account to the Circles experience, read Patti See's article in Volume One Magazine.
Sign up to participate in Circles of Change
Each group of 10-12 people will meet for six 2-hour sessions. Registration is now open for the Circles session this fall. The six session topics are as follows:
- Making connections
- Our ethnic backgrounds & racism
- Our unique nation
- Why do inequalities exist?
- Looking at our community
- Moving to action
Safe place to speak freely
Dialogue groups are guided by trained facilitators and conducted in a safe, welcoming environment. For more information please contact Dr. Audrey Robinson at 715-836-2200 or email@example.com.
Policies for non-discrimination
It is the policy of UW-Eau Claire to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and retaliation for all students and employees. This policy applies to all programs and activities, and employment practices and operations; including the conduct of all students and employees arising out of their employment, educational or academic status, as well as to the conduct of all guests, visitors, vendors, contractors, subcontractors and others who do business with UW-Eau Claire.
Campus Climate — it's not weather related
In reference to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion, the term climate is often used. The term climate is used in this context to mean:
The working and learning environment at UW-Eau Claire, particularly as it relates to access, inclusion, and level of respect for individual and group needs, abilities, and potential.
In the ongoing efforts to improve the campus climate, a measure of the perceptions needed to be assessed. The last comprehensive Campus Climate Survey was completed in the spring of 2015. The results of this student, faculty and staff survey can be seen here:
The Equity Scorecard
The Equity Scorecard is a comprehensive report that assesses how well UW-Eau Claire is serving its students of color in four key areas: access, retention, excellence, and institutional receptivity.
This metric is a data-driven process that uses existing data on admissions, graduation rates, GPA, and other fields to identify achievement gaps for African American, American Indian, Southeast Asian American, Asian American, and Hispanic/Latino(a) students—groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.
Our participation the Equity Scorecard measures will lead to organizational change by providing a road map for response to known inequities with purposeful actions.