Leadership Retreat Focuses on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

CANR leadership sat down at the start of January to develop diversity, equity and inclusion plans and goals for the upcoming year and beyond.

On January 4th, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) leadership sat down at the Kellogg Center for a day’s retreat with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a trainer from White Men as Full Diversity Partners (WMFDP) to think through next steps for the CANR in working on our climate and culture of inclusion. Department Chairs and unit heads, many of whom recently returned from 3-day learning lab experiences with WMFDP gathered to talk about how their learning can be used to benefit the units of the college.

It was a full day, packed with conversations that ranged from hiring and promotion to difficult classroom conversations, to thinking about how bias incidents are addressed at every level. The intention was to create connections between the independent units to learn from each other’s efforts and share tools to move the college forward in creating more inclusive classrooms, offices, and labs. Unit leadership were encouraged to set diversity and inclusion goals that will be a part of early discussions with our incoming Associate Dean and Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the coming months. Practical outcomes included plans to diversify the curriculum, create training to combat implicit bias, and build pathways for faculty, staff and students to lift up concerns across the college. This day was a step in our ongoing commitment to create space for honest conversations about where we are as a college, and where we are going as we work towards our goals of inclusive excellence in all aspects of our teaching, outreach and research missions.

For more information on our external partners, visit the WMFDP website. To hear more about our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plans for the college reach out to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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