Over the past four years, we have seen about 30% of the members of our incoming classes identify as students of color, and made important gains in the diversification of our faculty. Our Race & Pedagogy Institute led a series of conversations about race throughout the summer in response to national events, and the President’s Advisory Panel on Racism, composed of students, faculty members, staff members, alumni, and trustees, will help further our institutional commitment to this work. In October 2019, our board of trustees approved a new position— vice president for institutional equity and diversity. A search is underway, and we hope to name our first incumbent early in 2021.
CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY
Over the past year, we held a series of educational sessions for the campus community to understand the results of our most recent campus climate survey, which looks at the reported experiences of students, faculty members, and staff members regarding gender and identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and political beliefs.
In 2015, Puget Sound was named a partner of The Posse Foundation, a national organization committed to recruiting outstanding student leaders from diverse backgrounds to the nation’s top colleges. This past May, we celebrated the graduation of our first cohort of Posse Scholars—virtually. It was such a pleasure to celebrate the success of these young people who have brought so much to our campus community, and who are so well-prepared and poised to continue as leaders in all facets of their lives.
ACCESS PROGRAMS AND SUMMER ACADEMIC CHALLENGE
In partnership with Tacoma Public Schools, Puget Sound continues to help middle and high school students prepare for college through campus visits, special programs and tutoring sessions, and interaction with students and faculty members. This year, we welcomed seven young scholars to Puget Sound from these programs.