As part of the university’s ongoing commitment to actively cultivating a diverse, welcoming and inclusive campus environment, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources department, The Race and Pedagogy Institute (RPI) have partnered to host a series of development opportunities for campus community members in preparation for the conference.
Members of the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) will host screenings of Cracking the Codes throughout the fall semester in preparation for a three-day professional development and enrichment conference (PDEC), “Building Cultural Literacy in the Workplace” the campus will host in January 9-11, 2017. Following each film screening, members of the Diversity Advisory Council will be present at each screening to facilitate some conversation based on the film and to address questions. Additionally, Courageous Conversations will host a series of conversations throughout the semester to facilitate dialogue based on the film.
Dr. Shakti Butler, founder and president of World Trust, will serve as the keynote speaker for cultural competence and literacy workshops based on her film, “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity.” On January 10 she will deliver her keynote speech, “From Snow White to Zootopia: A Look at Race Institutions, and Cultures". Following the keynote, Dr. Butler will lead a workshop, Building Racial Equity: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity, designed to help us better identify, talk about, intervene and address privilege and its consequences. Dr. Butler, widely known as a catalyst for change, is a multiracial African-American woman (African, Arawak Indian, and Russian-Jewish) whose work as a creative and visionary bridge builder has challenged and inspired learning for over two decades.
Advancing Diversity and Inclusion on Campus
As part of the implementation of our new Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP): Threshold 2022, there will be a series of opportunities throughout the year for campus employees to engage in critical conversations about systemic inequity and strengthen their cultural literacy and competence skills.
The most recent Campus Climate survey revealed that student, staff and faculty members on our campus perceive our campus community as a space needing more multicultural and racial awareness and cultural competency. The film screenings, discussions and conversations, and the keynote and workshop sessions in January offer important opportunities for collaboration among all members of our campus community. Goal number two of our Diversity Strategic Plan focuses on Campus Climate Cultivation and states: we continuously work towards intentionally fostering and sustaining a welcoming campus community that cultivates a culture of inclusive learning and supports system-wide transformation. Puget Sound makes clear in our Diversity and Inclusion vision our belief that reflective, thoughtful, and respectful examination of the differing dimensions of diversity educates and empowers all who work and study here to be advocates for inclusion and equity. All members of this community share in cultivating, sustaining, and continuously developing an environment in which equity is intentionally sought and inclusiveness is practiced.