As one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse campuses in Missouri, UMSL is committed to maintaining a climate where all students, faculty, staff and visitors can explore their interests, refine their talents and flourish. This compact discusses actions to recruit and retain diverse students and employees and promote activities that encourage civil and constructive discourse, reasoned thought and sustained dialogue in an environment of inclusion, respect and appreciation.
Expand our diverse student population
- Create and implement a marketing campaign targeting diverse student populations by 2020 (brochure by 2018).
- Expand the successful Bridge Saturday Academy Program: increase the number of schools impacted (from 111 to 116) and add 100 more students by 2019.
- Increase the number of students in the 9th-10th Grade Bridge Summer Academy Program by 100 by 2019.
- Support expansion of the Bridge and Pre-collegiate Program by hiring an assistant director by 2018.
- Expand the Opportunity Scholars Program, a prestigious scholarship aimed at first generation and URM students; expand interview day by 30% for a minimum total of 23 interviewees by 2019, increase student yield of each group by 80% by 2023.
- Formalize the Faculty Ambassador Program for faculty to recruit internationally by 2020.
Engage and reengage our diverse student population
- Reinvigorate the African/African American Studies program by 2019.
- Establish a multicultural student center that becomes the framework for programming and support; explore in 2018-19 and implement in 2019-20.
- Establish inclusivity marketing internship(s) for international students by 2023.
- Explore URM student associations by 2019.
- Initiate Diversity Dialogues: Lunch and Learn – Breaking Barriers, You Matter workshops by 2020.
- Establish URM graduate student networking receptions with faculty and alumni by 2018.
- Implement the online Diversity 101 training program supported by the UM System Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office by 2020.
- Use the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) to reach URM faculty. Host 2 NCFDD webinars per semester covering topics that will have a direct impact on the success and retention of URM faculty; implement by 2020.
Engage and reengage our diverse faculty and staff
- Promote UMSL participation in the UM System Dr. Elson S. Floyd Administrative Leadership Development Program (ALDP) by 2018.
- Create the Summer Research/Scholarly Pipeline 3-day Retreat for Equity and Diversity to build structural supports that increase representation, retention, mentorship and tenure of URM scholars across all fields.
- Initiate a faculty cross-cultural/cross-disciplinary dialogue program similar to that initiated at UMKC with their organizational support.
- Create a recruitment, outreach and promotional plan using data from our campus affirmative action plan to identify areas of underrepresentation to target for aggressive recruitment efforts by 2020.
- Increase relationships with recruitment sources that could yield diverse candidates (i.e. professional minority or women organizations, HBCU’s, Hispanic-serving institutions and other organizations) starting in 2018.
Create a culture of inclusion
- Maintain the Chancellor’s Cultural Diversity Council; CCDC will review results of the 2016 Climate Survey and provide recommendations to campus by 2018.
- Create a formal disability education module for faculty and staff by 2020.
- Initiate Fair and Impartial Policing and Racial Profiling training for campus police officers, provided by the Police Academy, by 2018.
- Engage diverse perspectives in fact-based civil conversations about national, regional and local issues.
Engage alumni from diverse populations in student recruitment, retention and fundraising
- Establish one new alumni chapter per year from each of the following populations: Hispanic, Asian, International, Veteran and LGBTQ; implement by 2023.
Increase outreach to historically underrepresented and underserved populations throughout Missouri
- Initiate annual thematic conference, lecture series and community workshops on a broad-based inclusionary topic for the campus, regional and state community by 2019. First conference – Living Together in St. Louis: How do I talk about race? – to be held in 2019.
- Increase UMSL’s average score on the Campus Pride Index from 3.5 stars to 4.5 stars by 2020.