Our developmental plan

Dear Diversity Champions,

It was amazing getting to know you on a more personal level last December 4th!

For those of you that were not able to attend, please know that we just opened a can of worms, now is time to go deeper, therefore your contributions from now on will be impactful and very much appreciated.

Based on your feedback and your amazing energy and the will to act and influence O&E now, we designed a developmental journey with the topics that you identified as most relevant for your own unique work and life situations.

I am sure that you already know this, but just want to remind you that this journey NEVER ends, the struggle of justice and inclusion still continues and I invite you to be an active part of the change thorough your entire life.

Here is the professional development plan to kick start your journey as diversity champions. Within this plan there are four stages. We are going to talk more about this plan in our next Diversity Champions virtual meeting and in the blog

The first stage of your journey is to explore your own racial identity and how that intersects with how you experience the world. For this amazing journey, we are going to use the theoretical framework of Courageous Conversations About Race. All of you who attended the “Setting the stage” event at the Fall conference have the blue book (I hope). If this does not sound familiar, contact me and we will get you up to speed.

The first time we will meet by zoom will be  Tuesday February 20th at 9:30 am. Prior to this meeting please read part 1 chapter 2 and 3 and be prepared to reflect on and deconstruct your own racial identity. We will meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month for this journey. Please e mail me if you have a consistent conflict with this time arrangement.

I understand that not all of you are going to be able to attend this meeting (I really hope that you do). However, this plan is designed so that you can take charge of your own growth.

During stage 2, you will get to experience the 2-day Social Justice Training by the amazing Jane Waite, Senior Social Justice Initiative Director. This 2-day workshop is likely to be held here on campus during summer, we will send a doodle pool soon.

During stage 3, we will move to intercultural communication as well as personal bias. Most of you want to also advance in your ability to adapt practices and behaviors to different ways to experience the world. We will use the Intercultural Development Inventory

with this tool we will enhance our cross cultural competency (using a wide definition of culture that includes our learned behaviors and mindsets). Please feel free to suggest other methods or frameworks by e mail or in the comments section.

After you complete stages 1, 2 and 3, the final stage of this plan will transition to your own Personal Leadership Journey, in which you will get to decide your initiative based on your passion and the change you want to see in Outreach and Engagement.

Thank you again for joining this amazing group. Together we will transform the

ways we see and engage with ourselves and each other.

Diversity Champions, now more than ever is the time to build bridges to understand our own identity and to engage with each other in a meaningful way.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 20th!

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What is a Diversity Champion?

What is a Diversity Champion?

The word “champions” comes from the Latin concept of “campionem” for “gladiator, fighter.” Raaawr! But wait, there’s no need to grab your sword… because a champion is also a person who defends a cause or stands for an  ideal.

In our Outreach and Engagement work, Diversity Champions are people who use their superpowers in the name of a diversity value or ideal. That ideal could be a better world, a more inclusive or relevant program, or a greener and more loving future for generations to come. We recognize Champions who strive every day to learn, grow, and create a better future—not just those who have already succeeded at something or are an expert.

Today’s world is a world of many ideas, thoughts, perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, philosophies, and beliefs. It is a world of individuals with multiple identities. Let’s embrace the opportunity to enrich our selves, our lives, and our work with this diversity.

As Assistant Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion for our organization, my vision is to create a loving, united, authentic, inclusive and powerful team with a common vision and commitment to a sustainable transformation.

To realize this vision, we must gather and invest resources to ensure we are thinking intentionally about inclusion at all levels and that people from all walks of life—who have the potential and ability to transform the world through their talents, ideas, and voices—are not just heard but embraced. As a land grant institution, we have the power to impact and learn from every person who we come in contact with.

The Outreach and Engagement Diversity Champions team will be pioneers in this transformation. They will work with me to support our Division to enhance the tools and strategies we will need to work and learn in a diverse and complex world. Our Champions will also be involved in the communities they serve and be part of a larger transformation toward a more, understanding, compassionate, and open society. This will be accomplished through planning, developing, coordinating, supporting, and participating. We will create the work together!

If you want to “strive” and be a pioneer for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Division, please join our Diversity Champions team. Follow this link and let me know more about yourself. All are welcome. This team is not a “committee” with a limit to how many people can participate.

Please let me know if you have questions, and stay tuned for more!

Check out the live invite here:

Become a Diversity Champion!