Hello and welcome to the new newsletter of the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DEICE), The Quarterly Connection. For over two years, our team has worked daily to improve both equity and a sense of belonging on this campus and in the nearby community. Some of our colleagues know these efforts, but many don’t.
While there are many faculty and staff within schools and departments who focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, our office’s campus-wide mission is clear: We are committed to transforming and advancing policies, programs and practices that address social injustices and health disparities alongside the communities we serve. We intend to be a guide to our campus, and our programs are fixated on complementing the work of our campus partners.
Our team is led by Vice Chancellor Regina Richards, PhD, we are guided by the Chancellor’s DEICE Leadership Council, and our effectiveness is measured through our research and evaluation core. We are literally involved in dozens of activities, but we have four primary programs – the Healthy Equity in Action Lab (HEAL), the Office of Educational Outreach and Pathway Initiatives, Community Engagement, and the LGBTQ+ Hub.