As part of our vision to enhance our diverse and inclusive campus, and in honor of receiving four National HEED (Higher Education Excellence in Diversity) Awards from Insight into Diversity Magazine, we offer a certificate course on Diversity and Inclusion for administrators, faculty, and staff.
The Diversity and Inclusion Course focuses on enhancing cultural competencies and religious fluency by empowering the participants on understanding global issues such as disability, mental health, religion, LGBTQ+, cultural competency, and gender bias. Through the Union College Division of Diversity and Inclusion, we have designed a course covering topics related to equity, social justice and implicit bias that are relevant for the academic, social, and co-curricular learning spaces.
Participants complete a final project on any of the covered diversity issues as they relate to their department, their division, or the campus.
The ability to be able to use a preferred name instead of a legal name, when applicable, can be important for individuals whose preferred name best reflects their gender identify. Therefore it is best that we ensure we are currently using the preferred name in areas where it is appropriate, and that it can be efficiently updated. This project is meant to analyze a situation where a new or existing employee wishes to have a preferred name that is different than their legal name.
There were many possibilities for new inclusion and diversity initiatives that the Becker Career Center could take advantage of. We wanted to set reasonable and measurable short-term and long-term goals for all members of our staff to execute.
DEI has become increasingly important for all libraries because while the populations we serve are more diverse our staff is not. What are initiatives that I can do to support an inclusive culture for the library, campus and profession?
The Union campus is becoming increasingly diverse, including in the individual learning differences of its students. UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING (UDL) principles offer flexible guidelines for meeting the needs of students in the classroom.