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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), through the leadership of Vice President Dr. LaToya Smith, was given a charge by President Hartzell to refocus and sharpen the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan (formerly UDIAP). The DDCE is currently working with faculty, staff and students to restrategize our action plan. While working on this new plan, The University of Texas at Austin has made concerted efforts to make the campus a more inclusive and welcoming place.

As we strive to be a national leader in diversity, equity and inclusion, the DDCE is working collaboratively with colleges, schools and units across our campus. In order to promote fair outcomes, we need to ensure our commitments to our students, faculty, staff and community. The plan will serve as a roadmap for conversations, resource allocation and assessments needed to make UT Austin a model for universities across the nation.

Goals

  • Build a collaborative leadership team
  • Exemplify our university‚Äôs comment to DE&I
  • Engage with our faculty, staff, students and community members
  • Create a clear and defined plan with concrete action items and defined metrics
  • Design a DEI operating model and governance structure
  • Develop a communications plan and change management strategy

Phases

 

Phases graphic: Summer, Fall/Winter, Spring

 

  • Review the plan, improve the process
  • Work with key stakeholders on what is working and not working
  • Analyze data and benchmark with other universities

 

 

  • Engage with faculty, staff, students and community members
  • Align the working and steering committees with the strategic plan
  • Design metrics and track progress

 

 

  • Allocate budget priorities
  • Create a communications plan for the campus community
  • Launch the plan and begin monitoring and reporting