Community and Belonging

Campus-Wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives

Current initiatives 2020-2021

  • Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Education (ODIEE) created within Community and Belonging.
  • The ATLAS Center and Diversity Resource Room established for LGBTQ+ students in Shults 118.
  • ODIEE Heritage Month Programming: Latinx, Black, APIMEDA, Women's, LGBTQ+, & Native American. 
  • Center for Spirituality (CFS) and ODIEE: weekly professional development and programming opportunities.
  • The Diversity Scorecard provided from the Community and Belonging Resources webpage, featuring the College's diversity statistics, national survey results, and 2019 campus climate survey data. 
  • Nazareth College inaugural Bias Response and Education Team (NBRET) established, to begin January 2021.
  • Center for Life’s Work (CFLW) developed a Call to Action that includes 5 specific commitments to DEI initiatives for the next year.
  • CFLW and Alumni Relations establishing strategies to engage diverse alumni and current students in establishing personal and professional connections through FlyerConnect.
  • Hickey Center sponsoring a Listening, Learning, and Healing series of dialogs centered on topics of racism and social justice.
  • Health and Counseling hosting a six-week DEI program titled: Unmasking Whiteness: Moving from Actor to Ally.
  • Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) offering co-curricular programming with specific DEI related student learning outcomes.
  • The CCE's annual Social Innovation Hack-A-Thon teaches participants how to be an inclusive changemaker and social innovator. 
  • DEI initiatives being created within each of the academic units (CAS, HHS, SBL, and SOE).
  • Senior leadership engaging in a six-part professional development series on diversity and equity in the workplace.
  • The Diversity in the Curriculum Task Force Report: engaging the campus for comments and discussion this fall.
  • Sponsoring the 4th annual diversity summer book read for faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • Expanding the Academic and College Success (ACS) curriculum to include targeted DEI student learning outcomes (SLOs).
  • Formation of faculty and staff group initiatives to address DEI-specific priorities (e.g. Association of Faculty and Staff of Color, Emergent Strategists-Changemakers Group).
  • Faculty Senate reviewing the Faculty Manual to address the issue of bias in policies and procedures.
  • Athletics appointed the first Nazareth College diversity and inclusion officer for NCAA initiatives.
  • Student Experience will announce Code of Conduct focus groups later in September.
  • The Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship (DIF) was created by the Teaching Integration and Innovation Lab. It is intended for a faculty member who will work collaboratively with colleagues in Community and Belonging to identify faculty needs and faculty development projects in this area.
  • Undergraduate Association BIPOC faculty and staff interview series.
  • Increased focus and call for DEI-related clubs (new additions: El Barrio and Naz Drag Aura).
  • CFS received 2020 Racial Equity & Interfaith Cooperation Award from Interfaith Youth Core. 
  • The Center for International Education (CIE), working to integrate international students into the campus community and highlight the rich diversity and distinct contributions that international students bring to Nazareth. And in developing programming and opportunities to teach global citizenship and take students as well as faculty and staff out into the world through virtual programming and classroom collaborations with international partners.

What else?

Please share DEI initiatives with Community and Belonging so we can keep this page updated. Email belonging@naz.edu.