Diversity does not happen in isolation. In order to create a truly diverse community, all members play a significant role. It is an institution-wide commitment that welcomes administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and the community at large to participate. I invite you to help build on USN's long-standing history of celebrating diversity and community. Please join us in this challenging, yet vital work.
Let's spend the year considering the privileges we have as a diverse institution. Start Where You Are, But Don't Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today's Classrooms by Richard Milner, IV states these five areas as crucial in "helping educators bridge and shed light on opportunity gaps": Color blindness, Cultural conflicts, Myth of Meritocracy, Low Expectations and Deficit Mind-Sets and Context-Neutral Mind-Sets.
The NAIS cultural identifiers are: ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status (class), body image (lookism), educational background, academics/social achievement, family of origin or family makeup, geographic or regional background, language, learning style, beliefs (political, social, religious) , and globalism and internationalism.
We are a better institution when we acknowledge these identifiers; the whole person and all the identifiers (and in our case, especially, the intelligences) of each individal person. We are a better institution when we acknowledge that everyone matters.
I look forward to working with you,
Director of Diversity and Community Life