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Guiding Objective #3

Uphold our commitment to social responsibility in a diverse world by cultivating and sustaining a culture of inclusion, equity and justice through education, dialogue and practice.

3.1 Create and maintain robust metrics and accountability systems for diversity, equity and inclusion and methods to support them.

3.1.ADevelop processes to periodically review and revise internal structures, policies, and practices to advance those that support equity and revise those that do not. (i) Conduct campus climate audit and develop recommendations for next steps.
(ii) Develop plan to address and implement the new  NCAA Title IX requirements.
3.1.BStrengthen and expand the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity office.Add administrative and programming support for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office.

3.2 Create opportunities to develop deep levels of understanding of culture across and between all members of the community.

3.2.ADevelop and increase opportunities for professional development, initiatives and recognition concerning belonging, antiracism, cultural competency and social justice.(i) Implement workshops for at least 25% of faculty and staff.
(ii) Design year-long diversity and inclusion program for athletics teams.
3.2.BCoordinate initiatives and community service across academic programs to deepen relationships and trust between Transy and the Lexington community.Identify gaps in Transylvania participation in community organizations and fill at least 50% of those gaps.
3.2.CBuild and enhance strategic relationships with alumni, key institutions, local groups, communities and organizations.(i) Take on leadership role in development of Lexington Forward and serve as base host for the organization.
(ii) Create plan for new student-athlete name, image and likeness policies to effectively address compliance issues and educate university constituencies.
(iii)  Develop women’s group, including alumni and community members, to support women’s athletics by offering development and career opportunities.

3.3 Enhance and promote a welcoming environment for underrepresented populations through recruitment, retention and support opportunities.

3.3.APrepare our underrepresented students for graduate school and doctoral degree attainment by developing a program based on the TRiO Ronald McNair Scholars model.Implement programs for the first cohort of Inclusive Excellence students.
3.3.BIncrease diversity pools of candidates for faculty/staff open positions through deliberate recruitment.Increase diversity of candidate pools by 10%.
3.3.CIdentify early career internal underrepresented minority candidates to mentor and support into teaching and leadership positions.Identify cohort of the first three employees and deliver the first set of developmental opportunities.
3.3.DIncrease access for underserved student populations.Increase underserved student population representation in incoming first year class by 5%.