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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 March 15, 2022
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Reorganize DEI efforts to maximize agility and increase program effectiveness across divisions.

To ensure that DEI efforts are embedded in effective committee structures which include the voices of faculty, staff, and students.

Responsible college partner/s:
Office of Academic and Campus Life
Last updated March 15, 2022
Richard Smith speaking at Homecoming DEI Event
Ongoing Ongoing

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:
Office of Academic and Campus Life
Last updated March 15, 2022
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Target, engage, and partner with women and minority owned businesses for products and services.

To increase engagement with businesses, particularly minority and women owned, leading to vendor relationships, internships, volunteerism, mentorships, and philanthropy.

Responsible college partner/s:
Administration and Finance, Institutional Advancement
Last updated March 15, 2022
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Integrate diversity, equity and inclusion into high profile divisional events.

To broaden awareness of DEIJ initiatives among broader internal and external audiences

Responsible college partner/s:
Institutional Advancement
Last updated March 15, 2022
The Hill Autumn 2021 Together Again Rooted in Tradition
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Add an editorial review by a sensitivity reader to the editorial calendar for The Hill.

To identify and eliminate blind spots of cultural insensitivity in our largest alumni publication. 

Responsible college partner/s:
Enrollment Management
Last updated March 15, 2022
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Launch two diversity, equity and inclusion dashboards.

To increase transparency related to access and achievement for all student populations.  

Responsible college partner/s:
Enrollment Management
Last updated March 15, 2022
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Integrate Black Lives Matter into the college’s brand, focusing on recruitment materials and representation on campus.

To promote the Board of Trustees commitment to Black Lives Matter.  

Responsible college partner/s:
Enrollment Management
Last updated March 15, 2022
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Review the college’s campus tour and recruitment events for opportunities to further showcase diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To celebrate the impact of our alumni of color at the point of recruitment with the goal of highlighting the important contributions and legacy from these alumni of color that have shaped the college.

Responsible college partner/s:
Enrollment Management
Last updated March 15, 2022
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Increase alumni engagement opportunities for BIPOC alumni.

To increase volunteerism, mentorship, and involvement of BIPOC alumni.

Responsible college partner/s:
Institutional Advancement
Last updated March 15, 2022
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Gain the philanthropic support necessary for the needs of the diverse student body and to support DEIJ initiatives.

To provide financial support and broaden awareness of DEIJ initiatives.

Responsible college partner/s:
Institutional Advancement
Last updated March 15, 2022
Reverand Nontombi Naomi Tutu meets with students after the Black History Month Convocation
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Implement a campus-wide diversity, equity and inclusion training plan.

To develop/enhance skills that will lead to inclusive behaviors and interculture competence throughout the campus community. 

Responsible college partner/s:
Office of Academic Life, Administration and Finance
Last updated March 15, 2022
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Perform the HEDS diversity and equity campus climate survey.

To provide guidance and understanding for DEIJ strategic planning goals. 

Responsible college partner/s:
Office of Academic Life, Administration and Finance
Last updated March 15, 2022
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Establish creative recruitment strategies to increase faculty and staff from minoritized groups.

To develop a faculty and staff community that reflects the diversity of our student population.

Responsible college partner/s:
Administration and Finance
Last updated March 15, 2022
McDaniel College campus in Fall with Keep the World Moving banner