Following the vision of Dean Watson, in all we do, we relentlessly foster a culture of innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Every member of our team, from the Assistant Dean to our DEI Student Ambassadors, is committed to enhancing the sense of belonging for each student, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitor engaging with the School of Education.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Interim Assistant Dean
The Five Functions of DEI
To fulfill the mission along this foundational track, we methodically plan, develop, and implement functions in five distinct areas.
Our communications function involves how we connect with our stakeholders and community. Within this function our office develops newsletters, curates a social media presence, and ensures our online and marketing materials align with current and emergent DEI goals.
The Outreach task of DEI includes working with multiple offices to increase the recruitment of students, faculty, and staff from populations underrepresented in the School of Education. Outreach team members foster relationships with high schools throughout the state of Indiana, schedules high school visits, and develops “college knowledge, college fit” workshops for perspective high school students and their families.
The DEI office is tightly coupled with extant diversity programs in School of Education including, but not limited to, the Balfour Scholars Program and the I Can Persist (STEM) Initiative. The Office facilitates monthly activities and events that promote unity, empower individuals to engage in controversial conversations, and prepare educators to understand themselves, make informed choices, and get involved.
Mentoring is a major component of the DEI office Ongoing Support function. DEI Student Ambassadors serve as college mentors for high school students sharing stories about college life, walking students through college and scholarship application processes, and providing both academic enrichment and social support.
Research & Resources
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion implements ourresearch function by evaluating how School of Education communications, outreach, programming, and support servicesalign with our diversity mission. The results of our research will inform how we A) enhance our online and marketing materials, B) reach out to share our message and mission with the greater community, C) invite prospective educators and staffers to participate in our on-campus programs, and D) provide ongoing support for program participants through mentor sessions and diversity network luncheons. Moreover, DEI research will result in resources we may provide educators seeking to infuse diversity into lesson plans, equity into the curriculum, and inclusion into the services we provide.