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BE-CDEI Charge

Baskin School of Engineering

Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Charge (approved May 1, 2019)

The charge of the Baskin School of Engineering Council on Diversity and Inclusion (B-CDEI) is to review the history and practices of the school and to advise the Office of the Dean on approaches to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion for our students, faculty, and staff. The Council will study climate surveys and best practices for addressing diversity and excellence in peer schools of engineering. Data from reliable sources will be cultivated to identify opportunities to provide inclusive pedagogy, prospective student outreach, student success, and faculty/staff recruitment. The Council’s initial phase of work will culminate with an actionable plan that will lead to increased representation and participation of underrepresented populations and create a rich culture of equity and inclusivity in our classrooms, labs, research teams, places of work, and common spaces.

B-CDEI will make funding recommendations for diversity, equity, and inclusion programming, support efforts to collect data on diversity and inclusion, and develop assessment tools designed to measure the effectiveness of efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the school. In addition, B-CDEI may, at its discretion, make policy recommendations to the dean.

B-CDEI will contribute to the preparation of an annual report that will be posted publicly on the BSOE web site.

In addition to the broad charge outlined above, B-CDEI will serve as a resource for the school in ways such as the following:

  • elevating important issues related to diversity and inclusion directly to the dean;

  • making recommendations for increasing and assessing impact (e.g., training, best practices, criteria and priorities for the allocation of resources);

  • providing consultation and leadership on current and new initiatives (e.g., climate surveys, campus-wide discussions, cross-cultural awareness, and learning opportunities);

  • advising on the best approaches to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, faculty, and student body; and

  • staying abreast of campus-wide diversity initiatives and events, while actively seeking opportunities for collaboration with other units.