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UT seeks community input on campus diversity

The University of Toledo invites the community to join the campus conversation on diversity.

A Community Conversation on Diversity will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1 at the Kent Public Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd.

The conversation is one of several UT is holding to engage campus in a dialogue about their experiences and perceptions of diversity and inclusiveness at the University. Focused conversations also have been scheduled to engage students, faculty and staff about their experiences.

“We want to learn how the UT and Toledo communities feel, as well as how we should go about creating an inclusive environment at The University of Toledo,” said Dr. Willie McKether, special assistant to the president for diversity who is working to create a comprehensive University diversity plan. “These efforts to listen and gather data are critical for understanding where we are now and where we want to go as a university community.”

The discussions are part of UT President Sharon L. Gaber’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equal access to important institutional resources.

“The University needs to be sure all voices are heard, and these sessions are essential to our strategic diversity plan,” Gaber said. “We need to incorporate the feedback we receive into our policies, procedures and initiatives, as well as ensure that UT is an inclusive, welcoming and supportive environment for all stakeholders, from faculty and staff to students and the community we’re grateful to serve.”

In the conversations, McKether will explore with participants their views on how UT currently addresses issues of diversity and their perceptions of being welcomed, valued and included at the University. Topics will include, but not be limited to, student life, campus climate, community involvement, classroom climate and inclusion.

Media Coverage
The Blade (Jan. 29, 2016)
La Prensa (Feb. 2, 2016)

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