Office for Diversity & Inclusion

Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion


Nazareth College embraces a society that is both diverse and inclusive, and values both respect for the person and freedom of speech. Respect for the dignity of all people is an essential part of the College's tradition, mission, and vision for the future as we advance a socially just and equitable community. The College promotes civility and denounces acts of hatred, violence, and/or intolerance.


We define diversity as a continuum of individual, group, and social differences, both visible and invisible. This definition compels us to confront inherent privilege, power, and marginalization to achieve equity and social justice. Diversity at Nazareth is concerned with, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual belief, ability, national origin, veteran status, age, and those individuals with cultural characteristics that have been historically underrepresented and underserved.

Nazareth College is dedicated to inclusion, the active pursuit of conscious and sustained practices and processes that value and respect differences. This commitment to diversity and inclusion informs our curriculum, teaching, learning, scholarship, creative activities, co-curricular activities, residential life, community involvement, and support of these endeavors by the Nazareth Community.

This commitment includes:

engaging in a continual process of education, critical self-reflection and dialogue regarding privilege, power, and marginalization,
promoting greater access and inclusion through systemic and structural change, andĀ ensuring that all students, faculty, and staff reach their fullest potential individually and collectively.

This endeavor is essential in meeting the goal of preparing all of our students and ourselves for meaningful lives in a diverse and global society.


GOAL I: Recruit and Retain a Diverse Undergraduate and Graduate Student Body

A. Continue to develop, nurture, and designate resources for partnerships with urban and international schools, colleges and universities as well as community-based organizations that serve populations of academically achieving, diverse students who are potential undergraduate recruits for Nazareth College. Create a program for recruiting and funding a diverse population of graduate students.

B. Create an inclusive recruiting program in which undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds are invited to campus and are also integrated into the existing admission's activities (e.g. Open Houses, Experience Naz, Special Interest Days).

C. Identify an ongoing process for determining unmet needs for international undergraduate and graduate students, and develop a plan for addressing them.

D. Create an institutional plan to support underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students with high financial need that cannot be met with traditional financial aid programs.

E. Access campus-wide resources including alumni and community partners to create the structure for integrative programming necessary to proactively change the campus climate, and foster an inclusive environment for all student populations.

GOAL II Recruit and Retain a Diverse Faculty and Staff

A. Develop a universal and sustainable inclusive search process for faculty and staff that:

  • Acknowledges that diversity is valued and essential to the college's mission and visionĀ Informs committee selection
  • Requires training for all committee members that deepens their understanding of diversity and inclusion and raises awareness of implicit bias and its potential to negatively interfere with the search process
  • Systematically develops and posts job descriptions designed to attract a diverse pool of candidates
  • Ensures a candidate pool that advances diversity within a division, program, department, or unit
  • Considers alternative strategies to increase the probability of a diverse pool of candidates
  • Ensures a fair and thorough review of all applicants
  • Conducts a post-search debrief to review the process and inform future searches.

B. Develop a systematic mentoring program and dedicated resources for current and newly hired faculty and staff that is adopted by all divisions of the campus.

C. Expand new faculty and staff orientation programs to include experiences for cross-cultural dialog that highlight the College's value for diversity and inclusion.
D. Develop internal and external affinity groups that will engage all members of the campus community in cross-cultural dialogue.

E. Plan, secure, and allocate resources for developing alternative pathways for recruiting and retaining diverse faculty (e.g. pre and postdoctoral fellowships, consortium memberships).

F. Plan, secure, and allocate resources for developing alternative pathways for recruiting and retaining diverse staff (e.g. professional and career development).

GOAL III: Educate Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff about Diversity and Inclusion

A. Request that the Curriculum and Core Curriculum Committees review the current degree programs and the core to determine where diversity and inclusion can be integrated into existing courses and/or developed in new courses. Establish a similar model for graduate curricula.

B. Expand student leadership opportunities to develop social and cultural events that focus on themes of diversity and inclusion and provide a structure that encourages participation and cross-cultural interaction.

C. Develop ongoing educational programs and initiatives (curricular and co-curricular) that engage students, faculty, and staff within and across difference.

D. Support internal and external diversity programs that inform and impact College leaders, supervisors, administrative teams, and student leaders in their understanding and practices.

GOAL IV: Create and Sustain an Inclusive Environment for Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff

A. Implement the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion, and engage in ongoing strategic planning under the direction of the VPDI and guidance of the President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion. This plan must be integrated with the current Nazareth College 2020 Strategic Plan.

B. Identify informal mentoring opportunities in order to foster and strengthen campus connections and learning opportunities for faculty, staff and students.

C. Explore the role for an Ombuds at Nazareth College to support faculty, staff and students.

D. Create decentralized divisional strategic goals that are derived from the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion in consultation with the VPDI, that are measurable and an impetus for change.

E. Intentionally engage all constituents affiliated with Nazareth College (e.g. trustees, alumni and contract employees) to advance the diversity and inclusion initiatives across campus.

F. Develop and maintain institution-wide assessment metrics and processes that continually evaluate data and strategies to ensure that diversity and inclusion are key considerations in all budgetary, administrative, and governance decisions.


Diversity and Inclusion Events

Mar 22
Dr. Lisa Woolfork, National Women's History Month Keynote Speaker 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Mar 23
Jumu'ah Salah 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.
March 16 – May 11
Apr 18
Inclusion & the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change 7 – 8:30 p.m.
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