Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan 2020 - Sept 2021

Purpose

The purpose of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan is to outline initiatives, programs, activities, and services which meet the needs of our students. JSU desires to create and sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for students of all ethnicities, genders, physical abilities, socio-economic status, faiths, and cultures.

Jacksonville State University will be a national leader and model for the institutional integration of diversity, inclusion and acceptance in higher education for the 21st century.

Jacksonville State University is committed to providing a transformative academic environment that values diversity, inclusivity, access and equity within the community.

The concept of diversity encompasses an inclusive community of people with varied human characteristics, ideas, and political/world views including and not limited to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, color, creed, national origin, age, disabilities, socio economic status, life experiences, geographical region, or ancestry. Jacksonville State University fosters an environment of equality that respects and embraces our differences.

Inclusive Excellence

The recognition that a community’s or institution’s success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni constituents.

Collaboration The work and activity of several persons who individually contribute toward the efficiency of the goal.
Social Justice and Equity

This collective responsibility of a free and just society ensures that civil and human rights and access to opportunities are preserved and protected for all.

Respect and Civility

These interpersonal skills in relationships reflect how we relate to each other, the fundamentals of courtesy, politeness, and consideration leading to mutual respect.

Leadership

Leaders have the ability to create an inspiring vision of the future and motivate and inspire people to engage that vision.

Intercultural Competence

This set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of intercultural contexts.

Unity The joining together of groups to form a single purpose. 
Communality

The state or condition of being communal creates a feeling or spirit of cooperation and belonging arising from common interests and goals.

Jacksonville State University (JSU) is an equal opportunity employer and educational provider dedicated to non-discrimination of any member of the University's community based on race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other legally protected group status. This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, visitors, applicants, and contractors in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations, ordinances, orders, and University policies, procedures, and processes. As an equal opportunity employer JSU is committed to a pro-active role in the recruitment and selection processes.

JSU will use diverse recruitment strategies to identify and attract candidates. JSU is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse workforce, reflective of the diverse population within the region. JSU is committed to take affirmative action that provides equal opportunities to employ, advance in employment, and otherwise treat all qualified individuals with disabilities without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, or physical or mental disabilities in all human resources selection and decision practices, such as: advertising, benefits, compensation, discipline (including probation, suspension, and/or termination for cause, or layoff), recreation programs, and training. JSU will not discriminate, nor tolerate discrimination, against any applicant because of physical or mental disability, in regards to any position for which the known applicant for employment is qualified.

It is also the policy of JSU to provide an environment for each applicant, employee, and student that is free from sexual harassment, as well as harassment and intimidation on account of an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.

The university prohibits retaliation of any form against applicants, employees, or students who have filed a discrimination complaint or assist in an investigation under this policy. The university will consider, through appropriate and designated procedures, the complaint or grievance of any individual who has reason to feel they have been affected by discrimination will be considered through appropriate procedures.

As an institution of higher education, and in keeping with its policy of equal employment opportunity, the university hereby declares its policy of equal educational opportunity. All applicants for admission will be considered solely upon the basis of individual qualifications. All available student job opportunities will be distributed without regard to an applicant's race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other legally protected group status. This policy will be noted in all student handbooks, and the complaint or grievance of any student or prospective student who has reason to feel they have been affected by discrimination will be considered through appropriate procedures.

The University has established an Office of Diversity and Inclusion within the Department of Student Affairs.

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Summary of Goals

Observation: The Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committee, comprised of an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff and students, believes that an organization cannot, for example, recruit and retain minorities and underrepresented groups unless it has developed and implemented educational opportunities, cultivated an inclusive campus climate, and developed an exemplary diversity and inclusion program.  

Develop and implement educational opportunities for the JSU community about the importance of diversity, inclusivity, and cultural sensitivity.

  • Develop ongoing training opportunities for current faculty and staff.
  • Provide diversity and inclusion awareness during the onboarding stage of all new employees.
  • Promote diversity and inclusion in assignments to students.

Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate

  • Recruit and retain a diverse and engaged workforce.
  • Recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse and engaged student body.
  • Promote appropriate resources to increase the knowledge of inclusivity.

Develop an exemplary Diversity and Inclusion committee

  • Promote and participate in community partnerships.
  • Seek opportunities to embed diversity and inclusion campus wide. 
  • Identify means/resources to offer diversity focused grants.

Acknowledgements

This Diversity and Inclusion Committee is dedicated to broadening the definition of "diversity" to include people, ideas, and beliefs, while collecting data and monitoring the overall campus climate with respect to diversity.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Members

Appendices

A. ADA & Reasonable Accommodation Statement

B. Affirmative Action Program

C. Title IX Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy

D. Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy

E. Affirmative Action Statement

F. Discrimination and Harassment Free Workplace

G. Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Statement