University Senate approves the establishment of a diversity, equity and inclusion committee
Auburn’s University Senate voted Tuesday, April 20, to establish a diversity, equity and inclusion committee within the senate. The approved proposal, presented by Secretary-Elect Ralph Kingston, sets forth the committee as an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion across the university and calls for it to communicate feedback on current policies and offer recommendations for improvements.
The committee will consist of one faculty member from each academic college or school, two undergraduate students nominated by the president of the Student Government Association and one graduate student nominated by the president of the Graduate Student Organization. Continuing members are the vice president and associate provost for Inclusion and Diversity, the director of the Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity, the provost or designee, the vice president for University Outreach or designee, the vice president for Student Affairs or designee and the associate vice president for Human Resources or designee. The committee is to perform continuous monitoring and regularly report to the University Senate on institutional data and assessments, issues related to Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity compliance and the implementation and outcomes of the university’s inclusion, equity and diversity initiatives.
The next University Senate meeting is scheduled for May 18.