MICUA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES RECOGNIZE diversity as a goal in their long-range strategic plans to create inclusive and welcoming environments, increase engagement, sponsor cultural activities, and foster inclusive communities. One of the three foundational pillars in Hood College’s strategic plan is Strengthening the Hood Community, which focuses on promoting diversity, inclusivity, and integrity. This includes efforts to increase recruitment of international students at all levels; recruit more diverse board members, faculty, and staff; increase recruitment and strengthen support services for veteran and active military students and their families; and strengthen understanding and participation in shared governance by all constituents.
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) embarked on a multi-year process of institutional review and planning to advance the goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and globalization as institutional building blocks. This year, the Presidential Task Force on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Globalization (DEIG) released its final report along with a campus-wide work plan which guides the College’s new mission, vision, and tenets statements that seek to align institutional development and students’ education with the institutional commitments in the DEIG Task Force report.
With each year, Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) reaffirms its mission to offer all students a quality education. NDMU’s new strategic goals, which guide this mission, state “We will provide a dynamic and diverse campus culture where students experience and are empowered by campus citizenship and opportunities for personal and professional success.”A subgoal of the plan is to “provide students with opportunities to develop connectedness, empowerment in relationships, and respect for diversity.
Washington Adventist University’s strategic plan creates “an atmosphere where persons of various faiths feel valued and respected.” Strategies in the plan include the implementation of new initiatives for faculty, staff, and students to show the University’s openness, welcoming spirit, and respect for diversity of faith. The plan’s second strategy—Deeply Engage and Value People—outlines initiatives aimed specifically at diversity training including establishing a diversity team to create a comprehensive diversity program and providing diversity training for student leaders.