The following statements address Diversity & Inclusion planning by the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), reflecting on the three areas of Representation, Climate, and Success. As defined by the University, Underrepresented Minorities (URM) include Black/African American, Hispanic, and Native American/Alaskan Native only. While this plan reflects that definition by the University, the College would like to see a broadening of the URM definition to be more inclusive of other underrepresented minorities, as we move forward in our efforts. Gender is limited to male and female self-identification. The report is based on data collected over six semesters from Fall 2016 through Spring 2019, with Climate including data from the Fall 2019 CHHS Climate Survey. Findings reported in the following plan reflect exact wording from survey items (the surveys are available from University D & I Office upon request). We anticipate that future surveys will expand definitions and gather increasingly meaningful data as we move forward in addressing diversity, inclusion, and equity. A committee of seven faculty and staff volunteer committee members representing the Schools in the CHHS carefully examined the existing data and the most current Climate Fall 2019 survey data, discussed the implications of these data, and developed a Diversity and Inclusion plan for CHHS. Members of the committee attended the two working session Institutes, the first in October 2019 and the second in January 2020, sponsored by the University Diversity & Inclusion committee to analyze the current state of the College, and to develop strategies for enhancing the diversity and inclusion practices. Importantly, as the College is comprised of five Schools, united by their goals of promoting health and well-being in broad and diverse focus areas, we consulted with each of our Schools to ensure that Diversity & Inclusion specific to each was included and addressed in our Diversity and Inclusion Plan.
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