The events of the past weeks are important pivotal points in our nation’s history.
Protests over racial inequality, the removal of statues of historical figures tied to slavery, and yesterday’s ruling by the Supreme Court to protect undocumented immigrants through the DACA program illustrate where we are as a society. Now is the time for us to have meaningful conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion — and turn those conversations into actions that drive lasting change.
Today is Juneteenth, a holiday to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history. This has become a day of reflection for us as we encourage a deeper understanding and respect for all cultures.
At Shawnee State University, we recognize this Juneteenth with a renewed commitment to our mission to prepare today’s students to succeed in tomorrow’s world. As we resume strategic planning on our campus this fall, we are adding the development of a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. This “umbrella goal” will encompass all of our strategic initiatives surrounding academics, enrollment, student success, our community, student-focused practices, and commitment to continuous improvement.
We will begin where all good plans begin – by listening and learning. We plan to launch fall semester with open and authentic dialogue around these topics and hope you will join in the conversation. Look for more information in the coming weeks and months.