Central Michigan University today launched an online information center for its diversity and inclusion assessment, conducted by The Barthwell Group.
The online center will be a hub for information, updates on assessment progress, frequently asked questions and the link to an anonymous campuswide survey anticipated this fall. It also will feature The Barthwell Group's final report, which will be presented to CMU in late November.
Phase one of the assessment this past spring included a series of discussions and one-on-one interviews with students, faculty and staff. Phase two began this month with additional focus groups hosted by The Barthwell Group. These discussions will help form the contents of the campuswide survey and final report.
All students, faculty and staff will be encouraged to complete the online survey, which will explore diversity and inclusion at CMU and opportunities to further strengthen the university as it relates to these topics.
Feedback from focus groups, individual interviews and the survey will remain anonymous and will be included in the final report with recommendations. A team of stakeholders from throughout the university will be assembled and charged with implementing the recommendations.
The assessment, which began in March 2016, is part of CMU's continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. The project was extended into the fall semester to coordinate the upcoming survey with other campus surveys and allow for greater input from the entire university community.
The process was the next step following a December 2015 diversity and inclusion town hall, convened by President George E. Ross, with hundreds of students, faculty, staff and local residents. A team of faculty and staff representatives from CMU was appointed by Provost Michael Gealt to serve as liaisons to The Barthwell Group.