Over the past several months, a core working group was convened, including ODIs leadership team and expert faculty across campus. The focus of the workgroup during this time has been to review the content of the Campus Climate report, discuss key findings and recommendations, and identify ways the report can be best utilized.
President Loh’s approval of the Joint Task Force recommendations is a major accomplishment for the University of Maryland. It also presents major challenges and significant new opportunities for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI), Diversity Training and Education Programs, the Nyumburu Cultural Center, and LGBT Equity Center.
Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 89th anniversary of his birth in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929. Dr. King was a civil rights icon who inspired our nation and the world to reflect on the deeply held values we share about racial justice, equal rights for all, peace, and nonviolent protest. His messages and his words remain ever-present in our world even now.
As we reach the end of the semester, I want to provide an update on the work we have been doing to create an inclusive, safe and welcoming campus.
I am writing to you as the new Interim Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), a role that I accepted on July 6, 2017. It is hard to imagine that two full months have passed. Today, I want to offer you my vision and the start of our action plan for the campus moving forward.