As an action strategy in accord with Defining Moments: The Strategic Plan for University of Puget Sound, President Thomas, in 2005 – 2006, charged a Diversity Planning Task Force (DPTF) to develop and implement a diversity strategic plan. An initial plan was drafted in late 2006, an executive summary was distributed to the campus community in January 2007. The DPTF outlined the plan after taking a thorough environmental scan of common and best diversity practices of institutions of higher education—including peer schools in the Northwest and nationwide—and regional businesses, and carefully evaluating the current status of diversity practices on our campus through the Campus Climate for Diversity Survey and review of institutional data.

The strategic goals and objectives of the diversity strategic plan are designed to serve as a vehicle to help move the university from its current state with regard to diversity practices toward the future state to which we aspire. Arranged in priority order, the plan outlines strategic goals and objectives to accomplish this.