College All-Campus Meeting Focuses on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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January 13, 2017 | Events

group-pic-2_2017On January 11 Guttman faculty, staff, and administrators gathered for the semi-annual All-College Faculty-Staff Meeting. All-campus gatherings are now a College tradition; most institutions do not hold joint meetings with the administration and faculty. The community gathered to exchange ideas, deepen and understand better Guttman’s culture and practices, and identify possible areas for improvement.

President Scott E. Evenbeck opened the morning session by discussing the work being done to secure funding for the College’s permanent facility. He also emphasized the College’s mission to focus on inequities in educational opportunities. He emphasized that Guttman student outcomes are strong because they are engaged. Elisa Hertz, Director for the Center for College Effectiveness, then presented one-year retention and three-year graduation rates data through various filters, including by sex and by ethnicity. She also reviewed the community’s awareness of the functions of different College offices and programs and how they support students. Finally, Sebastien Buttet, Associate Professor of Business, updated the community on the work of the Governance Committee to create a new governance document that will be reflective of the College’s unique model and structure.

The mid-morning session was devoted to the issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Led by Charles Pryor, Dean of Student Engagement, and Bindi Patel, Associate Director, Mentoring & Student Academic Support, meeting participants read and discussed Achieving the Dream’s statement on equity and what it means both individually and to the College. While equity has different meanings, there was agreement that speaking about it more often, and how it affects the College community, is important. A TED Talk video presentation on implicit bias and equity was then shown, followed by a facilitated discussion about how the College can best address implicit bias.

Small group discussions were held in the afternoon for participants to discuss their experiences and perspectives about equity, diversity and inclusion at Guttman. Each group then shared their findings with the larger group. The work from the All-Campus meeting will move forward with the creation of an equity council. The meeting concluded with the presentation of the College’s first staff awards.

View photos of the All-College meeting.