The effort brought together presidents and chancellors at institutions large and small, rural and urban, diverse and homogeneous.
“We stand together intending to leverage the full weight of our positions and power to root out anti-Black policies and procedures,” they said in a video message. “We stand together to provide equitable pathways to higher education in which diversity and inclusion is not only celebrated, but integral to the success of every student in every discipline.”
The 15 higher education leaders vowed to enhance their support of underrepresented faculty, staff and students. Faculty and staff are expected to join in the commitment at each institution.
At St. Cloud State University diversity, equity and inclusion are central to Our Husky Compact and the It’s Time initiative.
As one of the six dimensions of Our Husky Compact students learn to “Engage as a member of a diverse and multicultural world”. “A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion” is also one of the five tenets of President Robby Wacker’s redefinition of the Regional Comprehensive University.
“Committed faculty already work working on anti-racism pedagogy, building on a history of efforts to dismantle systemic racism and all forms of discrimination to create a welcoming, nurturing environment to allow all our students to thrive,” Wacker said during her fall convocation address. “2020 is our year to act with on-going commitment to advance equality and social justice in all its forms.”