Develop a university-wide diversity strategic plan for a large public urban university system to guide the efforts of colleges and professional schools across the system. The university is one of the most diverse in the United States with a proud tradition of providing high value and access for immigrants, low-income students, and those from marginalized communities.
Over a twelve-month period, the university developed a DEI strategic plan that was widely supported by leaders of the colleges, professional schools, and administrative units. The DEI strategic plan resulted in a university advisory council on diversity, significant investments in faculty recruitment and retention efforts, required diversity strategic plans for all colleges and professional schools, support for campus diversity officers across the system, and annual reporting on faculty trends, student retention, and graduation rates across demographic groups.
Cambridge Hill Partners partnered with the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) to create a university-wide diversity advisory council and to design a DEI strategic planning process that included influencers from each of the colleges and professional schools. With an eye toward balancing efficiency and inclusion, we facilitated multiple town hall meetings for faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders across the various campuses. In consultation with the CDO and the university-wide diversity advisory committee, we synthesized the data gathered from all sources to provide a clear and meaningful analysis for engaging multiple stakeholder groups in shaping the strategic plan.