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Brady emphasizes diversity agenda

Our campus is known for its equity, diversity and inclusion.

These are central to UNCG’s mission and its goals, Chancellor Linda P. Brady explains.

She spoke on this topic at the August Trustees Retreat and at the Sept. 7 Faculty Senate meeting. She had announced at the State of the Campus address that our university, due to the budget situation, will not be able to move forward this year in its search for a chief diversity officer.

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has made great strides over the past several years, led by Dr. Sue Dennison (Social Work) and Rod Wyatt (Athletics), she said. This year, Wyatt is the sole chair, as Dennison has stepped down.

She outlined three recommendations for this year, regarding this topic:

  1. Increasing support for LGBTQ faculty, staff and students. “This will be a priority for us,” she said, noting that the national publication Campus Pride has recognized our efforts in this area.
  2. Expanding training opportunities and recognition for our staff – and sponsoring more events to bring together staff and faculty.
  3. Identifying best practices in hiring to ensure greater diversity in candidate pools, with special focus on administrative and supervisory positions. “We will continue to monitor and broaden our search advertisement process with non-traditional sites in an attempt to ensure we are attracting a diverse pool of the best and brightest candidates for administrative and supervisory positions on this campus,” she said.

We are committed to remaining a national leader when it comes to diversity and inclusion, she added. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it makes economic sense as well. “If we want to be competitive for the best and brightest faculty, staff and students, we must continue to pursue our diversity agenda.”

By Mike Harris