Diversity Advisory Council Summary and Recommendations

  1. The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) will serve as the system’s anti-racism task force and review and advise the President of the Southern Illinois University System on potential initiatives for the system and plans developed by the campus task forces. The respective campus task forces will regularly report to the DAC on their plans.
  2. The DAC recommends required anti-bias/anti-racism training for employees and an organizational analysis. The different campuses have used different trainings. The President will appoint a sub-committee to explore options for training and for doing an organizational analysis. It is possible that these items might come from the same organization or from separate ones.
  3. The DAC recommends a review of our police policies on each campus and an examination of their consistency with those developed at a state or national level, including those developed by Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police in collaboration with the NAACP Illinois State Conference.
  4. The DAC recommends each campus do a thorough exploration of the curriculum to ensure that anti-bias/anti-racism education is threaded through the curriculum. Further, the DAC recommends the campuses develop means for accessing the success of our efforts (e.g., efficient means for reporting concerns, questions regarding teaching to a diverse group).
  5. The DAC recommends a specific focus be placed on preparing graduate students who will be future faculty to be instructors with an understanding of multicultural, diversity and anti-racist education.
  6. The DAC recommends a comprehensive review of our policies and procedures at both the system and campus level to eliminate any aspects of those policies and procedures that support systemic racism. The President will form a sub-committee to review the system’s policies and procedures.
  7. The DAC recommends the development of benchmarks at both the system and campus levels to monitor our progress. These benchmarks should be included in the benchmarks emerging from any strategic plan. The President will form a sub-committee to begin developing those benchmarks.
  8. The DAC recommends developing a pledge against racial injustice, or statement of understanding of the university’s position on anti-racism, that would be signed by new employees and others working with the university. The President will work with legal counsel to explore the implementation of this recommendation and will form a sub-committee to explore similar pledges inside or outside of higher education.
  9. The DAC recommends a number of strategies to increase scholarship support for marginalized and disadvantaged students. This include fundraising for scholarships for students with a passion for social justice, working with outside groups and foundations that provide support to students of color, developing scholarships for specific programs like MEDPREP, and examining current scholarship distribution programs for inequities and making changes where needed.
  10. The DAC recommends examining opportunities for naming of buildings, schools, etc. for people of color. This should include a review of the current naming policies and the process used in the past for naming. In addition, the DAC recommends examination of the processes used for determining and selecting winners of alumni and student awards for potential inequities.
  11. In addition to examining the current policies and procedures related to the recruitment of students at all levels, as well as faculty and staff, the DAC recommends developing relationships with other higher education institutions that would help to facilitate the recruitment of more diverse students, faculty, and staff.
  12. The President will work with the DAC on the implementing recommendations that can be done at a system level. The President will work the Chancellors and the Dean of the School of Medicine on developing plans for implementing each of the recommendations that need to be addressed by the campus anti-racism task forces.