We pledge continuing efforts to build and strengthen a community enriched by our differences and founded upon our common humanity.
Statement of Community
We pledge continuing efforts to build and strengthen a community enriched by our differences and founded upon our common humanity. Centre respects the right of all members of the community to express their individuality in a manner that is consistent with the dignity and welfare of others. Centre strives to create an environment where differences are celebrated rather than discouraged, where individuals have the opportunity to exchange ideas and share in the richness of mutual experience. By valuing the individual’s total character over any single characteristic, Centre will maintain its unique community.
Statement of Diversity
As the body entrusted with the overall governance and stewardship of Centre College, the Board of Trustees pledges continuing efforts to build and strengthen a community enriched by the differences of its members and founded upon our common humanity. We also affirm that the values of diversity and inclusion are critical to the fulfillment of the mission of higher education in general, and Centre College in particular. To that end, we welcome into the Centre community individuals of different backgrounds, viewpoints, races, faith traditions, nationalities, sexual orientations, and experiences. These differences enrich our search for truth, our understanding of our fellow human beings, and make each of us more effective leaders and actors in this world. Because Centre honors the American ideals of access and social mobility through education, we are committed to not only welcoming into the Centre community persons who have traditionally been underrepresented, but also fostering their full participation in the community. Further, we are dedicated to creating a college community known for its honesty, strength, compassion, and commitment to the greater good.
We Trustees hold this to be true for all parts of the Centre community: The Board of Trustees, the faculty, the staff, and the student body. Pertaining to the Board of Trustees itself, we affirm that diversity and inclusion are critical to the Board’s effectiveness in leading the College. Thus, as the Board exercises its responsibility to select the best and the brightest individuals to serve as trustees, we recognize that diversity in its membership is an essential priority. In addition, the Board will endeavor to set policies, identify resources, and encourage sound practices designed to achieve diversity among the faculty, staff, and the student body.
As an institution we value and embrace students, faculty, and staff from all ethnic, racial, religious, and political backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations. In order to successfully support those within our campus community, a set of goals guide our actions and lead us towards a more inclusive, empathetic, and knowledgeable community.
Provide Opportunity for All
Recruit and retain an inclusive community of students, faculty, staff, and administrators that represent and support a broad spectrum of interests, identities, abilities, cultures, religion, and worldviews.
Facilitate open and constructive conversation that creates opportunities to highlight others’ strengths and provide insight for the improvement of our community. Create an environment where consistent communication fosters cohesion, efficiency. and understanding.
Promote diversity and inclusion awareness and appreciation through the implementation of campus wide educational programs, events, and training for staff, faculty, and students.
Fuel Communal Well-Being
Offer basic needs necessary for success as well as opportunities for personal and professional growth and creative exploration to build a safe, healthy, and growing community capable of realizing their potential.
Build an Integrated Community
Encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary learning across campus student organizations, academic programs, and campus offices.
Instill Cross-Cultural Skills
Cultivate an open learning environment founded on the skills of active listening, teamwork, and adaptability while reinforcing values of empathy and mutual respect.
As a community, recognize and respond to words and actions of discrimination and marginalization, emphasizing our intolerance for prejudice of any form.
Foster Freedom to Express Identity
Actively value and create contexts that support the vast spectrum of differences and identities within our campus community.
DIVERSITY OFFICE PURPOSE
The Diversity Office works to increase the diversity of the faculty, staff, and students so that the Centre community will more fully reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of a global society.
Primary role of the Diversity Office
- Recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students
- Promoting campus diversity by working with the Diversity Student Union, Admission Office, Student Life Office, and Human Resources
- Coordinating activities for the Annual Martin Luther King Celebration
- Community relations programming
Diversity Office Initiatives
- Mellon Diversity Grant
- Revision of Faculty and Staff Hiring Processes
Diversity Climate Assessment
- Staff, Faculty, and Student Diversity and Inclusion Training
- Faculty, Student, and Staff Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation Training
- Faculty and Staff Learning Communities
OLD CENTRE CONVERSATIONS, MAY 2-4, 2018
Diversity and inclusion office increases staff and adds new members
BUILDING BRIDGES AND COMMUNITY DAY NOVEMBER 1, 2018
This campus-wide event is focused on creating intentional opportunities for us to better understand the wonderful variety of voices and perspectives represented by the nearly 2,000 people who make up our lively and energetic campus.
TRUSTEE WORKING GROUP ON DIVERSITY
After nearly a year of careful study and discussion to understand how Centre College has been progressing in terms of diversity and inclusion, an ad hoc Trustee Working Group on Diversity recently presented a report to the full board of trustees at its fall meeting on how to add strength to ongoing efforts.
Titled “Enriched by our Differences,” the cornerstone element of the report is a new Statement on Diversity (see above) that affirms at the highest level a continuing commitment on the part of the College to strengthen the educational experience for all students.
According to trustee Crit Luallen ‘74, who served as the working group’s co-chair, “The statement emphasizes the importance that the board of trustees place on diversity and acknowledges that our efforts to strengthen diversity and inclusion will be embedded in the life of the institution going forward.”
“Enriched by our Differences”
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY CHAIR OF THE GENDER STUDIES PROGRAM INTERIM ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR DIVERSITY INITIATIVES
DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION PROGRAMMING
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION PROGRAMMING