Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Vision for Inclusive Excellence
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Methodist University is dedicated to the ethical principles of truth, virtue, justice, and love; thus, the University strives to cultivate a climate of respect, dialogue, and collaboration around these aspects of identity. Our office strives to position Methodist University to fulfill its mission to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion by developing and sustaining meaningful and collaborative relationships that result in a more diverse and inclusive community and centering the voices of our community to drive university-wide culturally sustaining initiatives and equitable opportunities.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has developed a University-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Action Plan. Phase 1 will work on creating a more inclusive and equitable campus community. Phase 2 will work on recruiting, retaining, and supporting a more diverse community. The goal of Phase 3 is to promote and support inclusive teaching, scholarship, and professional development.
Phase 1: Creating a more inclusive and equitable campus community (Build human, infrastructure, and resource capacity)
- Recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff
- Implicit bias training/Equity 2.0
- Systems are developed and maintained to address equity and inclusiveness for faculty and staff
Phase 2: Recruiting, retaining, and supporting a more diverse community (Commit to success for all learners)
- Recruitment efforts
- Programming and supports to retain diverse students
- Policies and practices that ensure equity
- Attention to student performance and outcome data
Phase 3: Promoting and supporting inclusive teaching, scholarship, and professional development (Engage in innovative discovery, invention, and application of knowledge)
- Faculty center offerings
- Partnering with Human Resources on professional development
- Tenure and reconstructing considerations
- Reviewing data on student performance by major/college and supporting colleges/departments
5th Annual NCAA Diversity & Inclusion Social Media Campaign
This year’s themes are as follows:
- Day 1 (Tuesday, Oct. 18) — “Exploring My Identities”: Exploring student-athletes’ intersectional identities, perspectives and experiences.
- Day 2 (Wednesday, Oct. 19) — “Allyship is …”: Defining and highlighting personal examples of allyship to cultivate communities of belonging within athletics.
- Day 3 (Thursday, Oct. 20) — “Strength in Unity”: Outlining collective and institutional action steps for fostering belonging and inclusive excellence.
The campaign is a great opportunity for student-athletes, administrators, coaches, and fans across the country to use their platform to create a dialogue surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and to communicate the need for and importance of developing inclusive environments to enhance the student-athlete experience.
DEI at a Special Event
The 25th B. F. Stone Lyceum was a panel discussion entitled “Our Diversity is Our Strength: Addressing Race and Gender in Higher Education.” Panelists included Dr. Quincy Malloy (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), Dr. Carla Fagan (Social Work), Dr. Kyrstin Krist (Physical Education & Exercise Science), Dr. Kelly Walter Carney (English), Dr. Mica Mitchell (Physical Therapy), and Dr. Patricia Fecher (Education). The event took place April 7 in the PA Auditorium, Medical Lecture Hall.
Message from the President
I came to Methodist University because of our clear and inspiring mission statement and my realization that if we can fully live into that statement, we will be one of the greatest universities in the United States. Our mission statement says, “The University is committed to an ecumenical spirit, respects diversity, and recognizes the dignity and worth of all human beings.” It says, “a liberally educated person is sensitive to the needs and rights of others.” And, it establishes the missional pillars of truth, virtue, justice, and love. This mission is why we have an Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We have the responsibility, powerfully articulated in that mission statement, of ensuring that MU is a fully inclusive environment – an environment in which all students, of all backgrounds, have the opportunity to participate and to thrive. That is my commitment as president and our commitment as a university.
Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D.