A new infrastructure to support DEI and integrate it throughout all functions and services of the school.
We created a new infrastructure to support the ongoing development, evaluation, accountability, and transparency of the Ford School’s DEI efforts. It includes:
- A DEI officer, hired in 2017, who sits on the senior leadership team, and who serves as both a member of the faculty and as the staff lead for DEI initiatives.
- The DEI coalition, composed of faculty, staff, and students. The coalition shares ideas, feedback, and concerns, and increases communication between students, faculty, and staff.
- The DEI leadership team, which consists of faculty co-leads, the director of Student and Academic Services, and the DEI officer.
- Monthly DEI Updates newsletter to increase awareness and transparency of DEI-related programs and resources and regularly update the community of our strategic plan process. With input from student coalition representatives, this includes a recap of meeting highlights.