Diversity and Inclusion Plan for the College of Education, Health and Human Development
2017-2022

 

2016-17 Task force members: David Henderson, Bryce Hughes, Alison Harmon, Godfrey Saunders, Colleen McMilin, Mary Miles, Joyce Herbeck, Suzanne Held, Brittany Watkins, Kayte Kaminski, & EHHD student representatives.

 

EHHD Diversity Statement

The College of Education, Health and Human Development is committed to an environment that fosters diversity and inclusion of all individuals in our college and the MSU community. EHHD has an imperative to prepare all individuals within the college to be successful in a diverse world, and to be aware of power differentials, oppression, and privilege within society. We believe that each student, staff, and faculty member should feel welcomed and valued for their contributions to the educational process in all areas of teaching and learning, research, and service in the MSU community and beyond.

 

  • The management and oversight of the EHHD Diversity & Inclusion Plan will be part of the Assistant Dean/Director of Student Success position
  • The committee will come together on an annual basis to discuss and assess how the plan is being realized, make suggestions, gather additional data and information to ensure the plan is moving forward.

 

Assessment

EHHD will work to do the following to gain a better understanding of EHHD’s status on diversity and inclusion efforts. This assessment process is ongoing and will lead to action points in the categories below:

  • Complete a listing (to be added to this report) of EHHD courses that specifically address diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism, and the social justice issues caused by these
  • Complete an informal assessment (to be added to this report) of other experiences EHHD offers that contribute to our goals (i.e. student outreach/service across class realities in MT and study abroad)
  • Gather student input about how they see EHHD addressing these issues in and outside the classroom
  • Create a list of Subject Matter Experts in EHHD regarding diversity and inclusion. EHHD leadership will seek balance in utilizing expertise without not over-burdening experts
  • Complete an informal assessment of grants and projects that support and promote diversity and inclusion, inclusive of the mini-grants awarded by the dean’s office, create priority list of how monies are distributed
  • Complete an informal assessment of what are we already doing to promote diversity/inclusion in research, and whom we are collaborating with across MSU and more broadly
  • Report on research with Indigenous Communities annually as requested by OCHE
  • Assess current policies within the college around diversity and inclusion on an ongoing basis
  • Conduct annual evaluation of our buildings and their accessibility
  • Maintain ongoing repair and replacement list for the college so as funds are available; prioritize projects related to diversity and inclusion when possible
  • Assess development needs of faculty and staff around diversity and inclusion
  • Evaluate the University’s climate assessment and see if we need to conduct a new one for EHHD focusing on qualitative research.

 

Teaching and Advising

Through instruction in and outside the classroom, EHHD will promote inclusivity and understanding of all individuals within the college through the following actions:

  • Create teaching mentoring partners for new faculty
  • Inquire with faculty what other trainings are needed around how to integrate diversity and inclusion values into coursework
  • Facilitate faculty development around integration of EHHD diversity and inclusion values into coursework
  • EHHD faculty will strive to teach with courage around challenging conversations, and be leaders throughout the university and beyond regarding inclusion within the classroom
  • Strive to integrate diversity and inclusion into coursework:
    • Utilize EHHD diversity statement in course syllabi; include resources and options that students can contact if issues arise in the classroom
    • Ensure every effort is made to foster success for historically marginalized students in our college – be unapologetic in these efforts
    • Encourage staff/faculty/students in the development of their cultural humility and increasing their awareness in these arenas
    • Invite staff/faculty/students into service across power differentials/cultural boundaries within the Bozeman and Montana context
    • Include/increase exposure to diverse cultures and critical evaluation
    • Continue to internationalize our curriculum
    • Encourage faculty to lead cultural experiences outside the classroom
  • Promote National Student Exchange and Study Abroad at MSU to EHHD students.

 

Research

Through research endeavors, grant applications and acquisition, and dissemination, EHHD is committed to processes that are inclusive, culturally sensitive, and circulated in a diverse variety of journals, publications, and presentations. EHHD will strive to aid faculty and students with their research in the following ways:

  • Create research mentoring partners for new faculty
  • Develop opportunities to share research EHHD is doing around diversity and inclusion with the MSU and the greater community (similar to the mental health forum)
  • Facilitate opportunities to broaden faculty participation in research that addresses diversity and inclusion, and to better understand community-based participatory research, participatory action research, Indigenous research methodologies, and other methods
  • Create mentoring procedures and trainings for undergraduate and graduate student researchers on how to do research and the research process
  • Develop a list of journals/conferences that promote diversity and inclusion to disseminate and spotlight what EHHD faculty are doing to a broader audience
  • Continue utilizing existing programs (McNair, AIRO, etc.), and seek to inform faculty of student opportunities through the faculty handbook and other avenues
  • Create/facilitate training for partnering with Indigenous communities to ensure appropriate methodologies are utilized; develop an EHHD policy/guidance on this topic.
  • Provide mini-grant opportunities for students and faculty to go to D&I related conferences with and expectation they present their knowledge, research, and experience with the college.

 

Outreach and Engagement

Education, Health and Human Development has excellent partnerships with MSU entities and community partners. As a college, we are committed to continuing these partnerships and creating new ones for open engagement, conversation, and collaboration, by facilitating the following:

  • Ensure that all events hosted by or in conjunction with EHHD are culturally appropriate and sensitive
  • Provide opportunities for job-search help for historically marginalized and under-represented groups
  • Highlight EHHD’s successes in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Develop a list of community partners to collaborate with on events, guest lectures, etc., and invite historically marginalized community members to speak on what is working and what is not within our partnerships
  • Develop a series of discussions/roundtables focused on diversity/inclusion (consider becoming an academic home of Sustained Dialogue)
  • Partner with other institutions to develop collaboration/knowledge exchange opportunities
  • Create program-specific alumni check-in network; utilize ILEAD as a model
  • EHHD will provide leadership during AY 2017-18 for the 2018-2019 program, The Compassion Project.

 

Physical Infrastructure

EHHD strives to work to improve the inclusivity of the physical aspects of the four buildings in which resides to be welcoming and accessible to all individuals:

  • Strive to provide appropriate accessibility in all buildings- for both individuals with temporary and permanent accessibility difficulties
  • Communicate with facilities on timelines to provide a gender-neutral bathroom in all EHHD buildings
  • Ensure décor in the building represents the programmatic and demographic diversity of our college
  • Provide trainings and materials in the faculty handbook for instructors who utilize online platforms to aid making their online materials fully accessible to all students.

 

Policies and Procedures

EHHD will work to seek, reward, and spotlight endeavors of Diversity and Inclusion through our Policies and Procedures:

  • Disseminate the EHHD Diversity and Inclusion Plan in multiple ways, including on web site.
  • Promote and offer trainings such as Safe Zone, Center for Faculty Excellence trainings throughout the college for faculty, staff, and students
  • Include Diversity and Inclusion training in EHHD’s retreats and department meetings
  • EHHD will work to ensure Promotion and Tenure procedures are completed with intentionality around diversity and inclusion contributions:
    • Ensure that criteria and standards include diversity and inclusion activities
    • Utilize Community-Campus partnerships for Health‘s toolkit on including community engagement in P&T https://ccph.memberclicks.net/ces-toolkit
    • Look into annual review process including a space for Diversity and Inclusion training and contributions
    • Support all faculty through retention and promotion and ensure balanced service workload among all faculty members.

 

Recruitment & Hiring

EHHD will seek candidates that contribute positively to the Diversity and Inclusion Mission and strive to increase diversity within the EHHD faculty/staff through the following actions:

  • Follow recommended practices from A Guide for Broadening Faculty Searches at Montana State University, 4th edition and include recommended wording in vacancy announcements
  • Take advantage of resources at MSU (i.e. partner hiring)
  • Look for advertising venues for searches that will reach diverse candidates
  • Ensure training for search committees includes diversity training
  • Include questions about diversity and inclusion efforts in candidate interviews.

 

Student Success and Well-being

EHHD strives to equip our students with the tools and resources necessary to achieve their personal success in career, life, well-being, and personal growth through the following actions:

  • Create and facilitate a well-being course and strive to gain US core designation
  • Develop a definition of student success for the college
  • Partner with on-campus resources to offer trainings to students that engage in diversity and inclusion
    • Safe Zone, Implicit Bias, Bystander Trainings, etc.
  • Identify/ Create more need-based scholarships for students in EHHD
  • Develop an internal EHHD early alert and welfare check system for students that easily accessible and organized
  • Continue to support and participate in inclusivity in higher education initiatives
  • Solidify funding for the Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Education (CBME) as it supports the Society for Indigenous Educators (SINE), student organization
  • Ensure students have access to, and share, and information about, resources on and off-campus at the beginning of each semester
  • Create and support opportunities for academic advisors to gain further training around diversity and inclusion so as to better serve all students
  • Create a student advisory board and process for student involvement in the college for additional EHHD input and planning.

 

EHHD Culture and Environment

EHHD strives to create and support an overall environment and culture that is inclusive and welcoming to each student, faculty and staff member through the following action items:

  • Collaborate with other colleges and organizations on campus to create and promote events around diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Explore ways to improve faculty approachability for students
  • Develop a Diversity and Inclusion award in the college as well as support and nominate diversity and inclusion programs for existing awards
  • Incentivize faculty to create professional development that brings diversity and inclusion to EHHD
  • Provide professional development for faculty that helps them prepare for difficult conversations in the classroom
  • Continue participation in the Project SEARCH program.