Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Group: Focus Areas & Strategies

Learning and Professional Development

Goal: Provide faculty and staff with the knowledge, awareness and understanding of cultural competencies and humility to create a culture of belonging and create incentives and rewards to acknowledge individual participation in actively creating an inclusive environment.

Dashboard: View oversight, timelines, accountability and status of learning and professional development.

Led by: Brian Ellis, PhD, associate dean for academic programs administration at LeBow and executive director of the Goodwin College of Professional Studies.

Strategies

Knowledge and Awareness:

  • In collaboration with Drexel’s Learning & Development team, develop and facilitate a training series on awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for faculty and staff.
  • Continue to facilitate open dialogue about DEI (e.g. Dialogue Boards, Brave Spaces and Courageous Conversations).
  • Provide funds for faculty, PhD students and staff to attend conferences to learn about DEI (e.g. bringing it into the classroom, co-curricular activities, research, etc.). Share information about upcoming conferences and have attendees share best practices upon their return.

Incentives and Rewards:

  • Students:
    • Create incentives for students to engage in DEI programming, such as creating a DEI scholarship award or funding for professional development or conference attendance for students who significantly contribute to LeBow DEI efforts (DEI Fund).
  • Faculty/Staff:
    • Incentivize attendance or participation in DEI programing by offering DEI paid time off (similar to civic engagement time).
    • Incentivize faculty or staff engagement in DEI programming by adding a DEI component to annual performance evaluation.
    • Incentivize departments to attract and retain diverse talent through a diversity scoreboard.
    • Provide awards to recognize making an impact in advancing DEI at LeBow.

Dashboard: DEI Learning and Professional Development

Dashboard Status Key
= Emerging = Progressing = Completed
Recommendation Oversees Implementation Timeline Accountability Measure Status
In collaboration with Drexel’s Learning & Development team, develop and facilitate a training series around awareness of DEI to be offered to all faculty and staff. DEI Action Group Core / University HR Fall 2021 Faculty & Staff Certification Progressing
Methods to facilitate dialogue that are more flexible and genuine. Celebrate one another’s contributions through Dialogue Boards/ Brave Spaces/Courageous Conversations DEI Action Group Core / University HR  Fall/Winter 2021 Participation Progressing
Make funds available to send faculty, PhD students, and staff to conferences to learn about DEI (e.g. bringing it into the classroom, co-curricular activities). Identify quality conferences. Dean TBA TBA TBA
Create incentives for students to engage in DEI programming such as creating a DEI scholarship award or funding towards professional development (conference) given to students who significantly contribute time and effort to LeBow community members towards advancing an inclusive climate-DEI FUND   Institutional Advancement, Dean, Marketing & Comm  TBA TBA TBA
Incentivize attendance/participation in DEI programing through offering of DEI PTO time (similar to earned civic engagement time). Dean, University HR TBA TBA TBA
Incentivize faculty/staff engagement in DEI programming by adding a DEI component to annual performance evaluation. Dean, University HR TBA TBA TBA
Incentivize departments through Diversity Scoreboard to attract and retain diverse talent; rewards that recognize impact to advance DEI/Inclusive Culture at LCOB. Dean, Marketing & Comm TBA TBA TBA

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