桃瘾社区 is taking a range of steps, in response to the report by the Commission on Race and Slavery, toward equity and racial justice.

When the commission鈥檚 report was released in August 2020, the college announced several initiatives.听Since the commission鈥檚 report was released, 桃瘾社区 has taken these additional steps.

March 2023 Update

Academic Affairs

The College created several new positions in the Africana Studies Department, a key step in the commission鈥檚 pledge of creating faculty positions in Africana Studies:

  • Hilary Green听was named as a new member of the Africana Studies Department, specializing in U.S. and African American history. She serves as the College鈥檚 public historian.
  • Randi Gill-Sadler was named to a new position in Africana Studies and English specializing in African American literature.
  • Terrance Wooten (Black Ecologies) and Fernanda Villarroel Lamoza (Africana Visual Culture) have been hired for two new positions in Africana Studies.
  • A joint position in Africana and Latin American Studies has been created, with a new hire expected for fall 2023.

Inclusive Pedagogy

  • Over the past two years, we completed and submitted our Quality Enhancement Plan, 鈥淥pening Wide the Gateways,鈥 which was focused on leveling the playing field for underrepresented populations in STEM gateway courses, to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission.
  • Our programming in inclusive pedagogy and other anti-racist training for 桃瘾社区 faculty and staff has continued through the FIRST program. In 2020-21, our FIRST events drew 324 attendees; in 2021-22, the events reached 312 individuals. So far this year, we are on a similar trajectory.

Athletics

  • February 2022 鈥 Continued mandatory departmental DEI experience which included a conversation with Clint Smith about his NYT bestselling book, 鈥楬ow The Word Is Passed鈥
  • February 2023 鈥 Continued mandatory departmental DEI experience which included a conversation with Claude Johnson, author of 鈥樷
  • June 2023 鈥 Will finalize a departmental equity study focused on Title IX and diversity progress

College Relations

  • In FY22, College Relations鈥 hiring and retention committee was formed with the goal of examining policies, practices and processes for recruiting, hiring and retaining diverse staff. The tools and resources the committee provides to College Relations staff are to increase diversity within our candidate pools and are part of our overall recruiting and retention strategy as well as a path to building a sustainable equitable and inclusive culture. That committee鈥檚 work continued through FY23.
  • In November 2022, faculty and staff from the college and employees and elected officials from the Town of 桃瘾社区 participated in two-day Phase 1 training offered by the听听(搁贰滨).
  • In 2023, all new College Relations managers and additional staff will participate in ModelExpand鈥檚 Inclusive Hiring Bootcamp.
  • Beginning April 2023, College Relations staff will participate in a comprehensive DEI assessment led by The Inclusion Firm. The assessment is designed to explore and discover organizational gaps and needs. The Inclusion Firm is a national consulting practice that focuses on developing inclusive strategies for organizational change. Their work is grounded in integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion research, theories, and frameworks into nonprofit organizational environments

Student Life

  • The Community Research Fellows program launched its data dashboard highlighting community research using a data equity approach
  • CDF Freedom Schools at 桃瘾社区 resumed in person operation in the summer of 2022.
  • The Experiential Learning Team launched the Fund for Racial Equity
  • The Division of Student Life engaged in a DEI evaluation to prioritize existing DEI efforts based on alignment with institutional goals and effectiveness and to support student life staff in developing DEI plans for their respective areas.
  • Student Life staff participated in and presented at a regional National Association of Student Personnel Administrators summer symposium focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.听 Additionally, 桃瘾社区 was represented on the symposium鈥檚 planning committee. (Summer 2022)
  • The Counseling Center hosted the 2nd annual fall retreat for queer and trans students of color (September 2022)
  • The Chaplain鈥檚 Office offered an interfaith alternative fall break trip.听 Trip leaders and students visited a Hindu worship center, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, The King Center, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the offices of the Georgia Justice Project, and Morehouse College. 听(October 2022)
  • Several Student Life staff members presented workshops for the Fostering Inclusion and Respect in the Sciences Together inclusive excellence initiative funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.听
  • Student Life staff volunteers participated in Unity in Community programming on racial equity and civic engagement, in addition to the Unity in Community 5th Anniversary celebration. 听听
  • Staff members from student life took 12 BIPOC students to on a spring break trip to New Orleans to learn about restorative practices, drawing connections between systemic harms (e.g., slavery through visiting Whitney and Laura plantations, response to Hurricane Katrina, redlining in the Trem茅 neighborhood), collective trauma, and developing skills that promote healing of relationships and communities (March 2023)
  • Student Life staff presented on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at several regional and national conferences.

Technology & Innovation

In the two years since the completion of inclusive hiring training, T&I has seen significantly more diverse candidate and finalist pools and has seen a measurable impact in the diversity of our division.


Previous Updates

September 2022

  • The Acknowledgment and Naming Committee held a community conversation .
  • The Acknowledgment and听Naming Committee approved a听new policy on naming public structures and spaces.
  • The Commemoration Project听moved forward with five finalists for designing and creating the commemoration.
  • 罢丑别听Commemoration Project finalists were presented on a new webpage.
  • Members of the 桃瘾社区 Community were invited to for presentations by the five artists.
  • Hilary Green听was named as a new member of the Africana Studies Department, a key step in the commission鈥檚 pledge of creating faculty positions in Africana Studies.

November 2021

College-Wide

Professorships

The Duke Endowment, which has generously supported 桃瘾社区 and three other institutions of higher education for nearly a century, is supporting the creation of an endowed professorship in the Africana Studies Department. That new position moves 桃瘾社区 another step toward fulfilling its initiatives in response to the college鈥檚 Commission on Race & Slavery, which included a pledge to create four new tenure-track professorships, in part or entirely, in Africana Studies.

Jim Vann 鈥50, and his wife, Lee, worked with the college to transform an existing professorship that they funded into the Vann Professor for Racial Justice and the Vann Fund for Racial Justice. The Vanns have demonstrated an uncommon dedication to 桃瘾社区鈥檚 primary purpose to produce the principled leaders that society needs, and they see no bigger challenge for the nation right now than racism. The new professorship will be held by Joseph 鈥淧iko鈥 Ewoodzie, a sociologist and author who examines how communities structure themselves into 鈥渦s鈥 versus 鈥渢hem鈥 to the benefit of those who belong and the alienation of those who don鈥檛. He is the author of Break Beats in the Bronx: Revisiting Hip Hop鈥檚 Early Years and Getting Something to Eat in Jackson: Race, Class, and Food in The American South.

Special Committees

The Trustees Special Committee on Commemoration has released a Request for Qualifications, encouraging creative individuals or teams that include professional artist(s) in partnership with landscape architects, architects, and/or engineers to submit information about their experience and approach to the kind of effort the committee is leading. The next step would be to identify individuals or creative teams from that group to submit more specific proposals. The committee also held a community conversation in October on campus with questions from the audience in the Duke Family Performance Hall and online viewers. A recording is viewable on the committee鈥檚 webpage.

The Trustees Special Committee on Acknowledgment and Naming will hold community Zoom gatherings, including audience questions, on December 1, 3 and 13 to present the committee鈥檚 proposed policy addressing how 桃瘾社区 names buildings, programs and funds and how, on rare occasions, a building, program or fund鈥檚 name may be reevaluated.

Employee Wages and Benefits

The college established that non-temporary college staff will start at $15.50-an-hour. All non-temporary employees will be moved to at least that level, and the college is committing to that rate for new hires. College leaders are studying whether some staff employees already making above that level also need to be adjusted. The new rate went into effect October 31, 2021. The $15.50 figure is the living wage for Mecklenburg County, as calculated by MIT, a widely used measure that uses geographically specific expense data on a family鈥檚 food, childcare, health insurance, housing, transportation and other basic needs.听

Starting in January, vacation accrual for hourly employees will match that of salaried employees at four weeks per year.

Also effective in January of 2022, all employees will see new health and dental insurance options that will provide more options and lower premiums.

Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance

Eight 桃瘾社区 faculty and staff participated in the August LACRELA workshop 鈥淭eaching the Truth About Slavery and America鈥檚 Racial History,鈥 and a separate delegation participated in the September workshop: 鈥淪trategically Hiring Faculty of Color.鈥

Deliberative Citizenship Initiative

The Deliberative Citizenship Initiative, in partnership with the Center for Civic Engagement and North Mecklenburg Economic Mobility Collaborative, hosted a virtual听听on important issues related to housing, such as affordability, gentrification, and segregation; the Town of 桃瘾社区鈥檚 Housing and Equity Director, Eugene Bradley, was amongst the panelists.

FIRST

Members of the听听(Fostering Inclusion & Respect in the Sciences Together) Leadership Team participated in workshops at the 2021 virtual Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence conference.

Division Updates

Each division is also taking responsibility for implementing programs for staff within that area.

Student Life

  • Dr. Andrea D. Domingue participated in a panel on 鈥淏lack Executive Leadership鈥 for the American College Personnel Association, as part of Careers in Student Affairs Month for the American College Personnel Association in October. That same month, she also led a workshop on student leadership and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the EMERGE! program.
  • STRIDE (Students Together Reaching for Individual Development and Education) events in August and September for first-year students of color included: a welcome dinner, peer leader training, pre-orientation and a program on 鈥淔irst-Year Mistakes.鈥
  • Faculty curriculum development grants in the Center for Civic Engagement are supporting research and curricular projects that focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our surrounding community.
  • The summer 2021 Community Research Fellows program engaged in equity-focused, place-based community research projects in North Mecklenburg with the community leaders.
  • Civic Engagement and the Dean of Students Office helped facilitate collaboration between the North Mecklenburg Economic Mobility Collaborative and Unity in Community on the development of a study guide for The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein.听 To support Unity in Community鈥檚 launch of the study guide, representatives from Student Life hosted and participated in a virtual meeting featuring two speakers, Bob Simmons and Staisha Hamilton.听 The speakers helped orient participants to the material and provided guidance on facilitating small group discussions about the text.
  • The Center for Student Health & Well-Being completed antiracism training provided by Dr. Nathalie Edmond.
  • Student Life leaders participated in the workshop 鈥淚ndicators of an antiracist institution鈥 and will also participate in a workshop on institutional history and racial healing during the fall 2021 semester.

College Relations

  • In FY21, 100% of College Relations staff participated in the Racial Equity Institute鈥檚 Groundwater Training.
  • In 2021, All College Relations hiring managers and other key staff participated in ModelExpand鈥檚 Inclusive Hiring Bootcamp.
  • In September 2021, College Relations senior staff and members of the CR DEI steering committee participated in CASE鈥檚 Unlearning Behaviors that Limit DEIB program.

College Communications

  • All staffers participated in a two-part workshop with ModelExpand on incorporating inclusive language in the various types of content that the college provides to our audiences. Staff from other divisions whose duties include communications also participated.

February 2021

College-Wide

Adjusted salaries of the college鈥檚 lowest paid employees to ensure all regular employees are making at least a living wage for Mecklenburg County.听

Partnered with the Town of 桃瘾社区 and the听听of Greensboro to offer their 鈥淕roundwater鈥 training to 160 participants.听The training explores how racial inequities are caused by systems and that transformational change requires a deep examination of these systems.

Trustee Committees on Commemoration and Acknowledgment and Naming established. These two committees were established in light of the recommendations of the Commission on Race and Slavery. One is focused on publicly commemorating the contributions of enslaved persons to 桃瘾社区 and the other is focused on developing a policy on naming (for example, buildings, programs and scholarships) for the college.

Standing committee to respond to research and community requests established. This committee was established in light of the recommendations of the Commission on Race and Slavery to field requests for research or information about 桃瘾社区鈥檚 history.

Innovator in Residence program to begin at the Hurt Hub in academic year 2021-22.

桃瘾社区 Microaggressions Project funded for two years.

Formed anti-racist Partnership with 3:08 Collective

  • Partnership with 3:08 announced to campus 20 January
  • Workgroup team (Tamala Bullard, Melissa Gonzalez, Fuji听Lozada, Brent Maher, Stacey Riemer) met with 3:08 partners; established weekly check-in, finalization of survey to campus; key process review documents to be uploaded
  • Survey launched: 3 February
  • Next steps: scheduling 1:1 interviews with faculty and staff

Joined Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA)

  • Working team (Tamala Bullard, Stacey Riemer, Fuji听Lozada) met to plan representation at monthly LACRELA e-Convenings. SLT briefed. Representatives to also serve as facilitators on campus.
  • Working team met with USC Race and Equity Center Staff and other LACRELA schools to discuss National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) survey procedure; Linda LeFauve designated as NACCC liaison, along with T&I representative; Survey of students to be launched 16 Mar-23 April; Stacey Riemer working with SGA and other students on publicity听
  • First group of representatives (8 staff/faculty) selected for 1st workshop on 17 February

Bias Incident Reporting System听(Tamala Bullard, Carley Dix, Fuji听Lozada)

  • Presented to SLT; full rollout planned during next couple of weeks
  • BIRS established on Maxient System
  • Monthly report: 1 case resolved, with respondent and complainant satisfied. No further action.

Other Activities

  • 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge launched on campus
  • A group of alum employees participated in an anti-racism workshop with Dr. T. Day (organized by Maurice Norman and Kristen Eshleman)

Engaging Students听

  • Questbridge: First Gen Community Time (Tu 16 Feb, 4:30-5:30pm: Center for Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Applications open for Emerge! Student Leadership Program (starting 14 Feb)
  • SmashTalk (Arts-based positive body image; first event 16 Feb)
  • Stories Yet to Be Told:听 Race, Racism and Accountability on Campus听
  • Consultation call with EAB - 鈥淗allmarks of an Antiracist Institution鈥 (information gathering)
  • Resources for Racial Justice currently听
  • Applications open for听Bonner Racial Justice Community Fund which is designed to mobilize students, alumni, staff, faculty, and partners to work for anti-racist and racially just structural, policy, educational, economic, and social change.
  • Student Activities and the Dean of Student Office engaged with the Monuments Initiative, created by students to reimagine and evolve Patterson Court; the Committee on Campus and Religious Life, Patterson Court Council and other standing committees will be involved.
  • Dean of Students Office is leveraging discretionary funds to support new initiatives created by students to address underserved populations and needs: ex., the Black Femmes organization, survivors of color.

Division Updates

Each division is also taking responsibility for implementing programs for staff within that area.

Technology & Innovation

  • T&I's entire leadership team, along with some staff from HR and managers in three divisions (the Library, College Communications and College Relations) who hire technology-oriented positions are currently enrolled in a three-session inclusive hiring training from ModelExpand, a San Francisco-based consultancy that works with the tech industry to build more diverse and inclusive teams. A total of 13 桃瘾社区 managers and staff are enrolled in this T&I-funded training, which wraps up this Thursday, Feb. 11.听听
  • 22 T&I staff have signed up for the United Way's Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge in February, learning more about racial equity and systemic racism through daily readings. T&I staff are invited to participate in a weekly optional discussion session to reflect on the readings and learnings. This optional program will be completed in February.

Finance and Administration

  • F&A is planning a video series to be viewed by managers and employees together. Managers will receive additional preparation to facilitate dialogue about the videos.听
  • All F&A staff are completing the Safe College's Microaggression Course ~40% have completed to date, all will complete by April 30.
  • In collaboration with HR, F&A is working to support a financial literacy program at 桃瘾社区, using our credit union relationship.听听A course is scheduled for the next three months.听

Athletics

  • Launched an extensive听across training, recruiting, staffing, accountability and performance metrics
  • Through a 鈥楥all to Action鈥 each sports team is charged with initiatives and programming across education, culture, and community outreach
  • Instituted mandatory departmental DEI training, the first of which was conducted by听
  • Athletics scholar-athletes, coaches and staff participated in the Groundwater workshop offered by the Racial Equity Institute

Admission

  • All staff听taking听Coursera鈥檚听Anti-Racism I听course this academic year.

College Communications

  • College Comms staff participated in the Groundwater workshop offered by the Racial Equity Institute.

Career Development

  • Center staff participated in three anti-racism workshops with an external facilitator with more to come during the spring semester.
  • Our internal DEI working group is working on a variety ideas and initiatives including an Equity Scorecard to help students evaluate the cultures within specific organizations they are considering for experiential learning and employment.

Student Life

  • Student Life staff (all full-time employees) completed online modules on implicit bias and microaggressions.
  • Leaders from Student Life partnered with College Relations and Unity in Community, a local 501c4, to help organize the Racial Equity Institute Groundwater training for 桃瘾社区 students and employees, Town of 桃瘾社区 staff and employees, and community members.
  • The Community Research Needs Assessment, developed through an initiative co-advised by the Center for Civic Engagement with faculty collaborators, is being used by Unity in Community to identify programming and advocacy priorities for the calendar year.
  • Specialized and focused antiracism training for Student Life division leaders and unit directors.

College Relations

Staff Development

  • College Relations created an Equity and Inclusion Council. The E&I Council leadership is working with the Deliberative Citizenship Initiative to create a formal framework.听
  • By June 30, 2021, each member of the College Relations team will spend a minimum of 10 hours in educational activities to help create a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and antiracist workplace.听
  • The College Relations E&I Council provided an Antiracism Resource Guide. Each CR staff member also has two goals incorporated in our performance objectives specific to antiracism.听
  • Alumni and Family Engagement (AFE) created a departmental DEI planning group to advance their work. Reviewed internal and hiring processes.
  • AFE staff completed the following educational programs as a team, including:听How to Engage Meaningfully in Allyship and Anti-Racism听LinkedIn Learning Course,听Bren茅 Brown with Aiko Bethea onInclusivity at Work: The Heart of Hard听Conversations, discussed Peggy McIntosh鈥檚听White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack听and听听podcast.听
  • Supervisors completed听Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging DIBS: An Introduction with Pat Wadors听LinkedIn Learning Course.
  • In Nov-Dec 2020, College Relations and advancement shops at six liberal arts colleges (Kenyon, Bates, Bowdoin, Haverford, Franklin & Marshall, Vassar) partnered with the Aspen Leadership Group to provide a six-hour program (three two-hour sessions), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Fundraising and Volunteer Management, to staff. 40 College Relations staff members participated.听
  • In January 2021, College Relations launched the Safe College's Implicit Bias and Microaggression Course to be completed by March 15, 2021.

External Programming听(offered to alums and the community)

  • From Rodney King to George Floyd: 桃瘾社区, Riots, Race and Trump听Panel Discussion with Ike Bailey 鈥95, James K. Batten Professor of Public Policy, Dr. Tiffany Hollis 鈥04, assistant professor of foundations, curriculum, and instruction at Coastal Carolina University, Mikayla Smalls 鈥20, Mbye Njie 鈥04, Addie Turner 鈥20, Ethan Ehrenhaft 鈥20, Jaylen Thompson 鈥20, Imani Bowen '10 and Maurice Norman 鈥20
  • An Evening with Dr. Hilary Green: Reconciling 桃瘾社区鈥檚 Slave Past: Why Scipio Torrence and Hiram Potts Matter
  • Commission on Race and Slavery Panel Discussion with The Hon. Anthony R. Foxx 鈥93, chairman of the Commission on Race and Slavery, 2017-2020, Dr. Hilary Green, associate professor of history and the 2020-2021 Vann Professor of Ethics in Society, Dr. Carol E. Quillen, president of 桃瘾社区 and Moderated by Dr. Rose Stremlau, associate professor of history and gender and sexuality studies, member of the Commission on Race and Slavery, 2017-2020.
  • 鈥淎rt. Murals. Legacy.鈥 Stuart Robertson 鈥15 and Makayla Binter 鈥20 discussed life during and after 桃瘾社区 as professional artists while reflecting on the brief history of mural art on campus. Makayla interviewed Stuart and, in retracing his education and career, the pair imagined updated paths forward for freshly minted artists and audiences beyond the upheaval of 2020.
  • 鈥淲hy Didn鈥檛 We Riot鈥 with Ike Bailey 鈥95.

Academic Affairs

Each academic department chair and program director was asked to develop anti-racism plans, yielding a great variety of approaches within academic affairs

Planning and Academic Assessment, EPC

  • Support for EPC review of JEC and Cultural Diversity requirements
  • Assessment of inclusive pedagogy
  • Using institutional data to support FoC 鈥 in response to COACHE

Library

  • Expanding as library resource for the college
  • Reaching out to faculty and students for of college history
  • With the CTL, implement open access educational resources to address issues of textbook affordability/access
  • Renew commitment to recruit, hire, and retain a diverse and engaged library staff

The Office of Sponsored Programs

  • Review demographics of faculty applicant and grant recipients
  • Engage in anti-racism education for staff

Research and Creative Works

  • Review demographics of student application and successful receipt of grants awarded by academic affairs (e.g., DRI, Abernethy)
  • Review application/deliberation process for hidden, implicit bias

Academic Affairs Staff

  • Identify and correct bias in recruiting and hiring student works in Academic Affairs
  • Review faculty access to professional travel expenditures
  • Expand VPAA student travel program to make more accessible

CIS

  • Write brief history of race and CIS
  • Use this to determine how race has been a factor in the Center
  • Identify institutional or structural racism in CIS processes

Registrar

  • Implement national standards and practices on academic advising focused on anti-racism;
  • Expand anti-racism education for the faculty advising committee, registrar staff, and premajor advisors

Dean Rusk

  • Review application and grant receipt process to ensure adherence to DEI/anti-racism
  • Expand work with national/international organizations that are committed to expanding international internships/experiential learning opportunities to underrepresented minorities

桃瘾社区 Arts and Creative Engagement

  • DACE grants refocused to anti-racism through the deployment of the STAND grant

Education Abroad

  • Review statistics for participation rates of domestic students of color, international students for past 5 yrs.
  • Collaborate with RLO and D&I offices to provide outreach, information on education abroad opportunities
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities focused on anti-racism education

December 2020

  • The college has joined the as one of 51 inaugural member institutions. This membership gives us access to high quality learning opportunities and climate surveys that address all areas of campus.听Each division is identifying a point person to participate in this effort and share their learnings with campus.
  • Each division has completed or scheduled mandatory antiracism education, as pledged when the commission released its report.
  • Working with one of our trustees who has expertise and experience in this field, we have identified and are in the process of engaging a consultant to review key practices (including those in hiring, contract bidding, compensation, admission, student discipline, and policing) through the lens of racial equity and building a just and inclusive campus. (The review was announced in August.)
  • 桃瘾社区 adjusted salaries of the college鈥檚 lowest paid employees to ensure all regular employees are making at least a living wage for Mecklenburg County, a pledge made when the commission released their report.
  • The Board committees on Commemoration and Acknowledgment and Naming, which were announced when the commission report was released, are starting their work.听In November they joined the new campus standing committee, also announced in August and formed to address research inquiries and community collaborations, for a joint orientation session with the Hon. Anthony Foxx,听chair of the Commission on Race and Slavery, and Dr. Hilary Green, our public historian and听2020-2021 Vann Professor of Ethics in Society.
  • Also in November we partnered with the Town of 桃瘾社区 and the of Greensboro to offer their 鈥淕roundwater鈥 training to 160 participants.听The training explores how racial inequities are caused by systems and that transformational change requires a deep examination of these systems.
  • On December 9, 桃瘾社区听hosted, via Zoom, a discussion around exploring the college鈥檚 history and implementing the action steps formed in response to the work of the Commission on Race and Slavery. The panelists included:
    • The Hon. Anthony R. Foxx 鈥93, chair听of the Commission on Race and Slavery, 2017-2020
    • Dr. Hilary Green, associate professor of history and the 2020-2021 Vann Professor of Ethics in Society
    • Dr. Carol E. Quillen, president of 桃瘾社区
    • Moderated by Dr. Rose Stremlau, associate professor of history and gender and sexuality studies, member of the Commission on Race and Slavery, 2017-2020