2017-18 Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion report
Our focus within the division is always about student success. Knowing that students do their best and ultimately succeed when they have the right support and resources, we develop programming and resources to guide them through their academic careers. Across the Division of Student Affairs, we offer multiple opportunities to engage, educate, and discuss the critical topics of multiple
(visible and invisible) identities such as race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, ability, or socio-economic status. Our efforts extend to all areas of campus and the surrounding community.
In 2017-18, the Division of Student Affairs initiated and delivered programming focused on diversity and inclusion for multiple audiences and on a number of topics. With over 80,000 points of contact through 120 separate initiatives, the division was able to reach much of our campus and community members.
As with the previous year, campus climate issues and the national political landscape impacted much of our programming. On the national political landscape front, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Executive Orders around immigration, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) were disruptive and consequential for some of our students. Equally disruptive— and in some cases more so — were the catastrophic climate and geological events that occurred last year. We had many students from the areas of the gulf coast states, Mexico, and Puerto Rico where hurricanes or earthquakes caused tremendous damage and created uncertainty and instability for students and their families. Efforts were made throughout the year to provide resources and programming to mitigate as much as possible any issues our students would have navigating the impacts of these events.
The 2017-18 Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Report is organized to align with the ISU Principles of Community. While not every program fits neatly under a particular principle— often more than one principle could apply to each initiative— it was important to show these principles guide our actions, our beliefs and how we want ourselves and our communities to act. Using the Principles as a framework for this report emphasizes the focus and the ultimate desired outcome of the work we do.
Student Development and Engagement
In recognizing the uniqueness of each student, we support their overall growth and development through leadership and involvement opportunities, rich and meaningful co-curricular activities, and global engagement experiences. We also work to remain accessible and responsive to students, and to minimize barriers that inhibit effective learning.
Connection, Collaboration, and Communication
We strive to share our successes and outcomes with the community, ensuring transparency and inviting discussion about where we can enhance our work. Further, we desire to instill a global mindset in all Cyclones to enhance their cultural awareness and intercultural competence.
Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
We seek to welcome and engage all Cyclones in an effort to create a respectful, responsible community that allows for equitable access to learning and involvement.
Holistic Health, Wellness, and Safety of Students and Staff
Cyclones should feel safe anywhere at Iowa State University. Our programs, services, and interactions are designed to embody this and to identify areas where continued work needs to occur. We function best when everyone aspires to their best physical, emotional, intellectual, financial, environmental, occupational, social, and spiritual wellbeing.
Key accomplishments under each Principle of Community
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