The diversity and inclusion assessment — led by consultants of The Barthwell Group with outreach assistance from a team of liaisons from Central Michigan University — began in March 2016.
The assessment followed the first Walking Together town hall — a campus conversation on diversity and inclusion led by President George E. Ross. The event was sponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity and Office of Diversity Education.
The assessment process is the next step in CMU's deep and continuing commitment to diversity and inclusion universitywide.
It will bring together resources and provide a snapshot of CMU's diversity and inclusion climate by gathering the latest sentiments and reviewing recent data. Sources will include recent studies and information from focus groups.
An anonymous online survey, informed by the focus groups and discussions led by Barthwell in the spring and early fall, also will give members of the CMU community a way to share their thoughts. The results will allow CMU to identify the most effective inclusion efforts and best opportunities.
An equity and inclusion recommendation team will be established to carry the findings forward.