Dr. Kenneth Borland, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, has had a series of conversations about diversity and inclusion and the formation of an inclusion network. He is inviting the University community to join in the conversation. The discussion forums will be held at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in 316 Bowen-Thompson Student Union and at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2 in 207 Union.
The University community affirmed its belief in the importance of diversity and inclusion in the forums that led to the creation of BGSU’s Strategic Plan, Charting Our Future. Strategy Seven is ”Build a diverse community and a culture of inclusion.”
In her State of the University address last January, President Carol Cartwright said, “Because we firmly believe that it is at the core of our academic mission, Provost Borland has assumed institutional leadership for diversity and inclusion. This issue is integral to how we build excellence and quality. . .. We are building a university-wide coordinating group to assure that we share best practices, promote collaboration, identify areas where we don’t measure up and eliminate duplicate efforts. Expect to see a higher level of diversity education and communication, because diversity and inclusion are deeply held values here and should be everyone’s priority.”
In a follow-up letter to the community, she added, “We have asked everyone at BGSU to develop actions that implement our agreed-upon priorities. Therefore, we have dispersed responsibility for diversity and inclusion throughout our campuses and everyone is planning the actions necessary to implement this priority.”
The purpose of the inclusion network is to help ensure that the numerous initiatives and activities already in place are effective and coordinated, and that diversity education is communicated on both campuses.