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Diversity and Equity Advisory Board

A resource for staff and faculty

What's on our plate?  •  Did you know?  •  Member Spotlight  •  FAQ

What's on our plate?

DEAB Highlight

Congratulations to Dean Sandi Wong, the winner of this year’s Victor Nelson-Cisneros Diversity and Inclusion Award! You can read more about this award, along with the other President’s Leadership Awards, here.

Next Meeting's Agenda

  • DEAB response to Racist email circulated on campus
  • Membership updates to DEAB for 18-19 academic year
  • Tentative recommendations to President Tiefenthaler on current initiatives and future initiatives centered on retention and thriving
    • Data collection and data sharing
    • Reviewing and revising questions asked during phone and on-campus interviews that are related to diversity and inclusion topics
    • Role of formal exit process for faculty and staff
    • Reviewing and revising questions asked during phone and on-campus interviews that are related to diversity and inclusion topics

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Did you know?

CC History

The first woman with a Ph.D. to teach was Leila Clement Spaulding, who taught classics from 1911 to 1914. She also was the resident female faculty member in Ticknor Hall (a women’s dormitory). After Spaulding, Colorado College began hiring more female faculty members with a Ph.D.

Upcoming Events

5/1/18 & 5/3/18

5/1/18

  • Muslim Cultures Day
    • “…keynote speaker will talk about cultural and regional diversity in the Muslim world. After this, there will be different activities (henna, bracelet making, calligraphy, etc.) that are meant to give you exposure to the cultures of Muslim students on campus.”

6/11/18-6/12/18

7/17/18-7/18/18

8/15/18-8/16/18

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Member Spotlight

Shelley HarperShelley Harper
DEAB Librarian Representative

Shelley has been an ex-officio member of DEAB since being appointed by Dean Wong in the fall of 2015. As the Librarian Representative, she has assisted the Board with research and bibliographic help, occasional technological expertise, and active participation in meetings. With a previous career in Social Work, Shelley’s perspective adds depth to the board’s discussions. Sharing some of her thoughts about serving on DEAB, she commented, “I am proud to help the College to move ever closer toward full inclusiveness and equity. Being on the Board taught me how seriously the College regards diversity, as well as how creative and talented our faculty and staff are. The Board works hard to address every issue put before it.”

Little known facts about Shelley: she is an avid knitter; she was once stuck in a downtown Denver elevator for five hours; and she is married to a bagpipe player.


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FAQ

How did DEAB get formed?

The Diversity and Equity Advisory Board was formed to serve as an advisory group to the President of the College and the Cabinet on all matters related to diversity and equity regarding staff and faculty. Taking an intersectional approach, the Board expands the work of the former Women’s Concerns and Minority Concerns committees, which were under the purview of the Faculty Executive Committee, to include race and ethnicity; gender, sex, and sexual orientation; and disability. The Board held its first meeting in January 2015.

What is Colorado College's anti-discrimination policy statement? Where can I find it?

Colorado College's anti-discrimination policy was designed to prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by educating students, faculty, and staff about behaviors that may constitute prohibited conduct. When prohibited conduct does occur, this Policy guides affected students, faculty, and staff to support services, interim measures and other resources, and explains the procedures for how conduct may be reported, investigated and addressed. 

The policy in its entirety can be found on the College-Wide Policies page.

Does DEAB sponsor/host awareness and education courses about diversity and equity?

DEAB does not sponsor/host awareness and education courses about diversity and equity, but supports The Butler Center in its mission to provide awareness and education on diversity and equity issues.

What type of data collection does DEAB perform? Where can I find that data?

As part of the College's 2018 goals, President Tiefenthaler has charged DEAB with determining what type(s) of data collection and housing methods would be most effective for diversity and inclusion-related information. All data that DEAB has collected (or will collect) will be used to help promote and further our overall mission of supporting diversity and equity as a priority and core value of the College. 

Meeting minutes and agendas are available on our website. Formal recommendations made to the President by DEAB will also be posted on this site as we continue to update and improve the site.

Do DEAB members receive training that prepares them for mitigating "diversity-related issues in higher education?"

DEAB members are encouraged to attend diversity and inclusion workshops held by The Butler Center throughout the year. These workshops are designed to provide faculty and staff with skills to better address diversity-related issues

How can I be more engaged with diversity/inclusion/equity issues?

There are several workshops, lectures, film screenings, etc sponsored by departments throughout campus, keep an eye out on the event calendar for more details. Employees can also participate in EXCEL@CC.

What are the main differences between The Butler Center and DEAB?

The Butler Center facilitates learning, mentoring, advising, dialogues, and community-building activities on campus primarily for students.

DEAB promotes and supports diversity and equity among staff and faculty; advises and provides recommendations to the President of the College and the Cabinet on all matters related to diversity and equity regarding staff and faculty; and ensures that CC's anti-discrimination policy statement is upheld.

What departments does DEAB collaborate with?

DEAB collaborates with the President's Office, The Butler Center, Human Resources, any/all departments on campus. 

If I have a diversity and/or equity concern, who should I contact?

If the diversity/equity concern involves a student, you should contact your department head, the dean of students, and The Butler Center. If your diversity/equity concern involves a staff or faculty member, you should contact your department head, the dean of faculty, and DEAB. After initial consultation with these entities, a decision about whether it is necessary to contact HR will be made.

How can I get involved/join DEAB? When are elections? What's the process?

DEAB Membership

Voting members
The DEAB consists of eight voting members: four (4) faculty as assigned by the FEC, with no more than two from any one division, and including at least one person active in an interdisciplinary program, all serving staggered three-year terms, if possible; and four (4) staff as assigned by the Staff Council, all serving three-year terms, if possible. The faculty and staff co-chair will be selected by the FEC and Staff Council in consultation with the president. In teams of two (one faculty and one staff), members will be assigned to oversee one specific aspect of diversity/equity, to make sure all key issues are recognized and addressed, and the board as a whole will address the intersections as well as any emerging issues. Those areas are: race/ethnicity, gender/sex/sexual orientation, disability and two at large positions.

Non-Voting members
The non-voting members of the DEAB are a title IX coordinator, ADA/504 coordinator, assistant vice-president and director of the Butler Center, associate vice-president for Administrative Services/director of Human Resources, and a librarian with diversity/equity research and/or collection responsibilities.

In addition to the above general information in regards to staff:

  • There are no formal requirements( length of service, position title, etc. ) that staff are required to meet at this time in order to be nominated by Staff Council for DEAB. Nominations for DEAB are sent by the staff council to the President. This allows the president to review appointments and possibly make suggestions for changes if there are any circumstances which could make a nominated staff member possibly unable to serve. Some circumstances such as a staff member being on a performance improvement plan etc. would likely not make the nominated staff member an ideal candidate to serve on DEAB, and since such matters would be confidential and not known to staff council members, it is important all nominations go to the President for review. These general guidelines are not formal guidelines; however, they have been followed for the past several years.
  • As advised above, terms are three years staggered and there are no minimum requirements for staff or faculty on the length of time they must serve. 
  • Notifications for open seats on college committees of which staff may serve are sent out by Staff Council in late spring for the upcoming year and staff are encouraged to submit their interest/nominations at that time. 
  • As advised above, the staff and faculty co-chair are approved by the FEC (faculty co-chair), Staff Council (staff co-chair), and the president.
  • Non-voting members are specific positions within college. While these non-voting DEAB members are determined based on their position and contributions towards promoting diversity and equity at the college, all changes are sent to the president for review and input.


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