Diversity Council subcommittees
The Diversity Council is supported by four subcommittees.
1. Focus on Improving Student Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation
Develop strategies to assess and improve the cultural and organizational climate at The University of Akron.
Ensure that everyone feels welcomed and that ours is an inclusive community with an environment characterized by equal access and respected participation for all groups and individuals irrespective of cultural differences and, more importantly, where the multiplicity of characteristics possessed by persons are not simply tolerated, but valued and celebrated.
Nov. 18, 2009, presentation titled "UA Employee Racial Climate Survey"
2. Focus on Faculty/Staff Diverse Hiring
Develop strategies to assess and improve programs designed to increase the enrollment and completion rates of students from minority and first-generation populations, accurately identifying both general and demographically specific challenges and opportunities.
- Nov. 18, 2009, subcommittee report on Improving Recruitment, Retention and Graduation Rates of Graduate Students.
- Nov. 18, 2009, subcommittee report on Undergraduate Retention.
3. Diversity and Internationalization
Develop strategies for recruiting, developing, and retaining faculty from underutilized populations, accurately identifying both general and demographically specific challenges and opportunities and ensuring adherence to disciplinary and professional standards of practice.
- Presentation on Diverse Faculty Hiring Click Here
- Subcommittee Report on Diverse Faculty Hiring Click Here
4. Focus on Staff Diverse Hiring
Develop strategies for recruiting, developing and retaining staff from underutilized populations, accurately identifying both general and demographically specific challenges and opportunities.
5. Focus on Business Outreach and Supplier Diversity
As a major regional employer, diversity and inclusion provide a competitive advantage that drives business results and supports our brand identification. An integral part of our mission is a commitment to purchase from a supplier base representative of our employees, students, and communities. Developing partnerships with minority-owned and women-owned suppliers helps us build the world-class supplier base we need. It creates mutually beneficial relationships that expand the University's sphere of activity.
- January 27, 2010, Presentation on "Supplier Diversity.
6. Focus on Community Outreach
Develop strategies that continue to improve programs and initiatives that provide a greater outreach to the Akron community forging collaborative partnerships and strategic engagement.