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OIDI Prepares for New Academic Year
|Date: Tuesday, August 13th, 2013||Return to Archive|
The Office of Institutional Diversity, formerly known as the Office of Diversity Programs, has prepared for it's new name and role in the university community, beginning fall 2013. The Office of Institutional Diversity, under the leadership of Ms. Andrea Garr-Barnes, has adopted the Inclusive Excellence framework (Williams, D., Berger, J., & McClendon, S., 2005) to better serve the university community.
Diversity and inclusion is a shared responsibility of every member of the Western Kentucky University (WKU) campus community. The mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) is to provide resources to the campus community and the external community that promote inclusive excellence, access and social justice for all. OIDI achieves this goal with the use of an Inclusive Excellence theoretical framework (Williams, D., Berger, J., & McClendon, S., 2005). OIDI collaborates with diverse university constituents and external constituents to increase the degree completion rate of under-represented students attending WKU.
The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion affirms that being a member of an of an under-represented group may be achieved by membership in one or more of the following social identities: Asian American, Asian Pacific American, Black, GLBTA, Gender, Latino/a, Mental / Physical ability, Mexican American, Native American, Primary language spoken, Religious belief and Socioeconomic status.
The Office of Institutional Diversity, formerly known as the Office of Diversity Programs, has prepared for it's new name and role in the university community, beginning fall 2013.
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