Councils & Committees

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Councils and Committees

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has established advisory councils and committees comprised of campus experts on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA).

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What is an advisory council or committee?

In the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion has developed councils and committees that advise on a variety of DEIA aspects. The councils and committees include representation from staff, faculty, undergraduate and graduate student.

Councils and Committees photoWhat is the purpose of councils and committees?

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works with committees and councils that are comprised of staff, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students to keep abreast of issues and opportunities across campus, exchange shared learning, coordinate efforts, and implement work.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Councils and Committees

Below are the councils and committees that serve in an advisory capacity to the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion.

Council on Diversity and Inclusion

The Council is the primary advisory body to the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. It provides expertise and input to broad diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion efforts at the university. Its membership represents a number of offices, programs, working groups, academic units, as well as undergraduate, and graduate students. The Council works to advance and implement key priorities identified within the DEIA Strategic Plan and inform the goals of the Academic Strategic Plan.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Campus Partners

ODI Partners is a working group that supports the priorities of the Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), which is the primary advisory body to the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. Its membership is comprised of the ODI directors and the DEIA leads in administrative units and serves as a parallel structure to the Academic Leadership for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.

ODI Partners exchange information and collaborate on campus wide diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives; participate in relevant professional development workshops; and provide feedback on timely issues and proposals.

Woman speaking at a podiumDisability Access and Inclusion Council

The Disability Access and Inclusion Council (DAIC) seeks to foster a richly diverse and inclusive community of learning and opportunity. The DAIC will work in alignment with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and with SU community stakeholders on matters of accessibility, social justice, diversity, and intersectionality, and on reducing barriers and enhancing the campus experience for all individuals with disabilities. We acknowledge that this work will highlight tension from our complicity with structural ableism, and we will collectively embrace this tension as we hold each other accountable.

Academic Leadership for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

Led by the Office of Strategic Initiatives, the Academic Leadership for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility is comprised of DEIA leads in each of the schools and colleges at the University. Its purpose is to help fortify a more diverse and inclusive environment for all campus members within the academic units.

How to Join an Office of Diversity and Inclusion Council or Committee

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion members are appointed by the Chancellor.  Members of the Academic Leadership of Diversity Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility are ex-officio. The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion selects members of the Disability Access and Inclusion Council and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Campus Partners.  Interested parties can email their desire to serve on a council or committee.

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