Since 1) UHDS houses approximately 80% of the first year freshmen attending OSU, and 2) since the first year is the most vulnerable year for students transitioning to college, and 3) since historically underrepresented students have additional transitional obstacles when attending a institution with an overwhelming percentage of the dominant culture...What potential impact could UHDS make if we could focus our existing efforts to make UHDS environments increasingly safe and nurturing for students from historically underrepresented communities? The UHDS Diversity Initiative is intended to increase the level of comfort, satisfaction, and academic success for students from historically underrepresented communities and thereby increase the student recruitment and retention.
University Housing and Dining Services staff members foster, support, and advocate for an increasingly inclusive environment and community through understanding, enhancing, promoting, and celebrating the uniqueness of our student residents and department staff.
We will create an inclusive environment and community through a commitment to equity issues regarding the free and safe expression of sex, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, ethnicity, religious affiliation or lack thereof, disability status, socio-economic status, poverty status, sexual and affectional orientation, international students and cultures, language fluency, veteran status, non-traditional-aged students, and student parents.
Greater diversity is a strategic goal for UHDS due to:
The UHDS Diversity Action Plan 1.2 is intended to be a dynamic document that represents the initial thinking and effort around creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment. We have intentionally begun with a focus on African-American Students, Latino(a) Students, and International Students, with Native American Students being added in the Fall of 2008. This allows for us to 1) address issues with students whose population is growing in the community and at OSU, 2) gain some traction by not spreading our thinking/research/effort too thin too quickly.
Feedback on the UHDS Diversity Action Plan 1.2 and/or process are welcome.
For 2011-12, Four (4) Implementation Priorities were identified to provide additional prioritization and focus to the UHDS Diversity Action Plan 1.2.
From a list of 87 possibilities, the UHDS Diversity Initiative Members narrowed their focus to address four (4) implementation priorities and associated subgroups for the 2011-12 academic year. These are the areas for which we believe we should hold ourselves accountable as a department.