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McDaniel College's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees in August 2020, McDaniel College's DEI Statement highlights the college's commitment to break down the walls of division, reject acts of exclusion, and challenge injustice, prejudice, and ethnocentrism. Living up to this commitment requires consistent, measurable action across the college.

"Our community is fully committed to breaking down the walls of division, rejecting acts of exclusion, and challenging injustice, prejudice, and ethnocentrism... Action and accountability lead to creating a better world through social change locally and globally. We strive to cultivate the skills needed to become competent, productive leaders and allies in a pluralistic and diverse world." - Excerpt from the McDaniel College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement. Read the Full DEI Statement

About the DEI Dashboard

With the goal of informing and educating, the DEI Initiatives Dashboard serves as a place where annual DEI-related goals are communicated and progress is tracked. Increasing both accountability and visibility, community members can see the cross-divisional nature of the college's DEI work.

The Initiatives Dashboard is updated three times per year:
In September, with the new goals for the academic year;
In January, with progress made towards goals in the first semester;
In May, with progress made towards goals over the entire academic year.

Ongoing recommendations have components that are complete, but require continual sustained coordination for long-term success.

The Dashboard is overseen by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Questions or comments may be directed to odei@mcdaniel.edu.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

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Establish anti-racist and inclusive policies and practices across the institution.

To ensure that all college policies provide the structure for equitable and inclusive treatment of employees and students.

Responsible college partner/s:
Academic and Campus Life
Last updated September 30, 2022
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Increase retention of BIPOC faculty and staff through building community and a sense of belonging.

To improve employee retention through initiatives which enhance the sense of belonging in the McDaniel community.

Responsible college partner/s:
Academic and Campus Life
Last updated September 30, 2022
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Create inclusive education action plans for at least 20% of departments

To make sure students are aware of diverse scholarship and can see themselves and others within the curriculum.

Responsible college partner/s:
Decolonizing the Curriculum Advisory Team
Last updated September 30, 2022
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Strengthen Edge Experience program to better support first generation students from Baltimore.

To ensure that students have the support they need to be successful at McDaniel College.

Responsible college partner/s:
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Last updated September 30, 2022
Ongoing Ongoing

Provide mentorship to BIPOC students from alumni

To provide support and opportunities for our students while building relationships between them and alumni.

Responsible college partner/s:
Alumni Engagement
Last updated September 30, 2022
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Assess the needs of the current faith-based student organizations to determine how to strengthen the role they play on campus.

To provide space for the religious focus of our students and foster respectful practice of religious beliefs.

Responsible college partner/s:
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Office of Student Engagement
Last updated September 30, 2022
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Implement a plan to address the concerns revealed from the DEIJ survey completed in Spring 2022

To ensure that actions are taken to improve the cultural climate of our campus.

Responsible college partner/s:
Faculty Inclusion and Diversity Committee, Associate Vice President for Administration
Last updated September 30, 2022
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Establish a work group between at least five interested community partners and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to address student concerns about bias in Westminster.

To engage a group of community leaders who are actively working to make Westminster more inclusive.

Responsible college partner/s:
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Last updated September 30, 2022
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Collaborate with DEIJ oriented and other non-profit groups to establish ongoing placement opportunities.

To establish connections for students who are interested in DEIJ work as a career.

Responsible college partner/s:
Center for Experience and Opportunity
Last updated September 30, 2022
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Establish a mentoring program for BIPOC employees who request such support

To increase a sense of belonging for our BIPOC employees, foster relationships, and provide professional development.

Responsible college partner/s:
Human Resources, Faculty Inclusion and Diversity Committee
Last updated September 30, 2022
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Connect with local BIPOC police to have a conversation with interested BIPOC students.

To develop relationships, address concerns, and strengthen the support and care of our students.

Responsible college partner/s:
Campus Safety
Last updated September 30, 2022
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Establish new experiential opportunities for students with at least 10 DEIJ orientated groups in the region.

To provide experiential learning opportunities for students interested in addressing DEIJ issues in the region.

Responsible college partner/s:
Community Engagement, Faculty
Last updated September 30, 2022
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Research, recognize and honor significant moments throughout the college’s history.

To honor those who have made significant contributions to the college in trying to make it a space of inclusivity.

Responsible college partner/s:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Alumni Council Committee, Executive Vice President for Constituent Engagement
Last updated September 30, 2022
Ongoing Ongoing

To show appreciation for their time and contributions to the college and to reestablish lasting connections.

Responsible college partner/s:
Alumni and Parent Engagement
Last updated September 30, 2022