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Academic Affairs Diversity Task Force

Statement of Purpose

Issues pertaining to diversity, equity, and justice are integral to creating and sustaining an open and inclusive learning community at The University of Rhode Island (URI). The Diversity Task Force of the Division of Academic Affairs is committed to promoting tolerance, respect, and equal opportunity with respect to learning and discovery within the university.  The Task Force will promote a broad understanding and appreciation of diversity issues – engendering in our selves and the faculty, staff, and students of the university the wisdom to listen to and respect voices and ideas different from our own.

As a Diversity Task Force seeking to encourage a community of inclusion, we aspire to promote an atmosphere that celebrates diversity and respect, supports learning, and encourages understanding, integrity, and justice.  With a rapidly changing demographic profile of our nation, this endeavor becomes urgent and vital. Attracting and retaining people from diverse backgrounds and experiences are critical issues to URI and our Division.  Equally important is to create an inclusive, equitable, and truly pluralistic learning environment for all.  This will require reviewing what and how we teach and ensuring that issues of multiculturalism, privilege, and differential opportunity are incorporated into the curriculum.

Specific Goals of the Diversity Task Force

  1. To raise consciousness about privilege, bias, and mutual respect in the URI community;
  2. To gather and use data on access, retention, institutional receptivity, and quality of experience to enhance the diversity of the URI community by promoting and supporting active recruitment and retention programs throughout the Division;
  3. To promote a welcoming and respectful community that encourages understanding and appreciation of difference;
  4. To lead efforts to ensure that the academic and co-curricular experiences of all students reflect understanding of multicultural perspectives and the value of diversity.

2014-2015 Meeting Schedule

All meetings will be in the President’s Conference Room, Green Hall

Wednesday, September 24, 3-4:30 Agenda Minutes
Friday, October 31, 9-10:30 Agenda Minutes
Wednesday, November 19, 3-4:30 Agenda Minutes
Friday, December 19, 9-10:30 Agenda Minutes
Friday, January 30, 9-10:30 Agenda Minutes
Wednesday, February 25, 3-4:30 Agenda
Friday, March 27, 9-10:30
Wednesday, April 29, 3-4:30

Minutes from Past Meetings

April 2014
March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 November 2013 October 2 2013 October 24 2013
April 2013 February 2013 January 2013 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012
May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 October 2011
September 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 December 2010
October 2010 September 2010 February 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009

Request for Proposals

Multicultural Faculty Fellowship

Multiculturalism and Diversity Enhancement Fund

Multiculturalism and Diversity Enhancement Fund Awards, January 2012

Task Force Members






Diversity Task Force Report 2011-2012

JCAP Report on Diversity Task Force May 2011

Faculty Diversity Workshops – January 2011

Diversity Week 2010 Presentation

Proposed Multicultural Learning Competencies

Diversity Task Force 2009-2010 Report

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