Thank you for the honesty and courage many of you have shown in sharing your perspectives and experiences involving questions of diversity and inclusion in our Housing community. Words and actions that do not support diversity and inclusion, nor the university’s values of Character, Community and Civility, will not be tolerated in our community. The open forum held June 9 is the beginning of thoughtful, purposeful action focused on diversity and inclusion in the UCO Housing Community.
An initial outline of a three-pronged plan has been committed to by the Housing Department and includes:
- Complete a review of current policies related to operations, conduct, and hiring, with subsequent recommendations and implementation plans by the start of the fall 2020 semester.
- Establish a new position dedicated to diversity and inclusion practices within the Housing department.
- Create an anonymous reporting platform to be implemented by the start of the fall 2020 semester.
- Develop standardized hiring rubric for all housing positions that includes diversity and inclusion criteria.
- Implement additional documentation in the employee conduct review process.
- Supplement current bystander and ally training with implicit bias and diversity training for Housing administration, staff and residents.
- Annual training about university retaliation policies.
- One to two Town Halls each semester by Housing administration and Resident Assistants to inform the community about progress, current services and policies and to allow opportunities for feedback.
- Increased outreach to identify and encourage diversity in the Resident Assistant application pool.
We are interested in your feedback and suggestions on our action plan as we progress. This is an ongoing conversation and learning process. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-974-3636.
Additionally, much of the current criticism and frustration has surrounded the appointment of a specific Residence Hall Director. This individual is no longer employed at the university. Due to privacy and employment laws, we cannot share further details.
Again, thank you. Your passion in the pursuit of social justice and accountability is a testament to your care and concern for your fellow students and the university as a whole. Working together, we are a stronger, more connected community.
Director of Housing & Residential Engagement