Volunteer for the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

Posted on 12/10/2018 1:29:20 PM

All members of the IUP community are encouraged to volunteer to participate on one of the newly restructured subcommittees of the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.

The commission, a 17-member group formed in October 2016 by President Driscoll, developed and presented a Diversity Action Plan to the university during the 2018 spring semester. The recommendations comprising the Diversity Action Plan, which resulted from the work of over 60 subcommittee members with input from the broader IUP community, are currently being implemented across the university by a broad spectrum of individuals, colleges, offices, departments, and centers. Consequently, the commission’s focus has shifted from creating the initial Diversity Action Plan to monitoring and assessing the implementation of the plan’s action steps.

Do you have a passion and commitment to achieving greater diversity and inclusion at IUP? If so, volunteer to serve on one of the following commission subcommittees:

  • Education and Training
  • Infrastructure, Systems, and Resources
  • Programming
  • Support
  • Communications
  • Recruitment, Retention, and Persistence

For more information on the action steps being monitored and assessed by these subcommittee, read pages 7–9 of the Diversity Action Plan, posted on the commission web pages.

The time to get involved is now! Email Debbie Butler, administrative assistant in the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement, at debutler@iup.edu by Thursday, January 31, 2019, and indicate which subcommittee you wish to join. You are encouraged to express interest in more than one area, identifying a first, second, and even third preference for service.

As President Driscoll stated in his initial email about the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, “there is no more important task than ensuring that IUP is a place where we can all feel welcome to learn, work, and live.” Don’t hesitate—join the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion and play an integral part in achieving this goal!

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Very sincerely yours,

Yaw Asamoah and Kate Linder
Co-chairs, President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion