Diversity & Inclusion Initiative203A Howell-McDowell606firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendees: Charles Holloway, Ritta Abell, Brice Yates, Stacey Timberlake, Evangeline Day, Clarenda Phillips, Jerel BentonRetention• Jerel and Josh have been working on a comprehensive retention plan. Focus on minority retention. Want to focus on tracking students from the beginning of the semester to the end. A weak area has been seen in athletics.• Jerel has sent emails to students about services that are available. • Tutoring services have almost doubled since last year.Recruitment• There is a strategy plan that enrollment services has.• The goal is 1600 first time freshmen.• 2000 graduate students. • This past open house was the largest turnout for the University.How do we measure our effectiveness?• Dr. Abell stated that working with faculty senate members have asked about the council. She also stated that the diversity plan has been the main thing that measures the council. • Stacey mentioned that from a student standpoint she would need to know what are we targeting as a council. • Evangeline mentioned publicizing the group and mentioned viewing the amount of hits the diversity page receives.• Clarenda mentioned that keeping a record of things that have been resolved from a group (action items). Report at the end of the year what we have done.• Brice mentioned that looking at doing professional development workshops to measure effectiveness and enlighten the campus community. Campus Climate Survey• Charles stated he is still working with Jill Ratliff. • Hopefully will be put together in the beginning of the upcoming year. Information Sharing• BGE will be having their fall concert Nov. 30• Dr. Abell is in the midst of producing an adaption of Crystal Wilkerson's 'Black Berries'.• Brice mentioned international marketing pieces that are being worked on in the Office of Communications and Marketing.• Evangeline mentioned that she is working on a project called 'Barrier Busters'. A project that allows students to speak up about things that they see on campus that are out of place or not working.• SEED is having their first event tomorrow, expecting about 500 students. • Charles mentioned we will be having a new member from the community added to the council.
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