Guiding Principles: Diversity

Immediately following the unveiling of the Path to Prominence, President Harker appointed a Diversity Task Force, which recommended numerous initiatives to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion at UD. A Diversity Action Council was then appointed to begin implementation. The Office of Equity and Inclusion was subsequently created, and two equity commissions merged to create the Diversity and Equity Commission, which began its work on diversity issues in September 2010. Results of UD’s Campus Climate Survey, to be released by the Commission in spring 2011, will benchmark indicators of progress on various dimensions of diversity identified in the Diversity Task Force report.

Additional staffing in the Center for Black Culture, the Office for International Students and Scholars, the Office of Disabilities Support Services and Student Services for Athletes should strengthen our efforts to ensure diversity in our student body. Plans are also underway to establish a Center for Diversity Studies and to initiate a faculty cluster hire in this area.