President’s Statement to the Campus Community on Diversity


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President’s Statement to the Campus Community on Diversity

President’s Statement to the Campus Community on Diversity
 
During the fall semester, the Diversity Initiatives Committee held faculty, staff, and student forums to gain feedback on the report and recommendations that the Committee put forward in August, 2010.  I attended each forum, not to provide input or to make decisions, but to listen to the concerns of the campus community.  The forums indicated strong campus support for the Committee’s recommendations.  They also provided additional insight into the challenges and concerns of the campus community around issues of respect, acceptance, and understanding of differences that each member of the campus community brings to the College.  I endorse the recommendations of the Committee and feel strongly that diversity, in its many forms, must be a key strategic goal of Providence College. 
 
To move the College forward in this initiative, I have authorized the following actions:
  • The creation of an Office of Institutional Diversity to be overseen by a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO);
  • The engagement of Witt Kiefer, an international search firm, and the creation of a representative search committee (chaired by Father Sicard) to begin the search for the College’s first CDO;
  • The inclusion of diversity initiatives in the College’s Strategic Plan;
  • The appointment of a representative Diversity Implementation Committee (co-chaired by Father Sicard and Kathy Alvino) to begin the process of reviewing and implementing goals and objectives in the Strategic Plan for Diversity. 
In addition to the above, the College is beginning to implement a new core curriculum that will include proficiencies in cross-cultural/diversity understanding.  Institutional Advancement will work to identify opportunities for targeted fundraising to support diversity initiatives, including additional monies for scholarships, to balance the College’s socioeconomic representation.
 
Bringing about diversity at the College will pose opportunities and challenges.  This initiative will require sustained focus, steadfast support, and financial commitment.  Diversity buttresses the College’s mission to “encourage the deepest respect for the essential dignity, freedom, and equality of every person and welcomes qualified women and men from all religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.”[1]  Diversity will strengthen the institution as it enters into its second century and better provide students with an enhanced educational experience.  I ask that all members of the campus community join with me in this important initiative.


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[1] Mission Statement of Providence College

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