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Pott College Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

The Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (Pott College SEE EDIC) was formed during the fall of 2020 and consist of faculty, students, and staff representatives from each of the seven departments within the college. The committee is dedicated to equity by being a university "diversity and inclusion" champion who foster a sense of community that welcomes all into the college.   The Pott College faculty, staff, and students contributed to the overall process of defining equity, diversity, and inclusion and developing the vision statement, mission statement, and the core values. These strategic efforts were accomplished during the during the spring of 2021 through a comprehensive survey and analysis. 


What do we mean by Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion? 

We embrace and celebrate diversity, which includes faculty, staff, students, and community members from all backgrounds and cultures as defined by their "ability, age, background, ethnicity, experiences, gender gender identity, lifestyle, nationality, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, talent, or veteran status."  We realize that with these myriad forms of diversity that it is important to maintain a safe and civil environment that respects differences. 

We support equity by promoting a policy of justice and fairness for all faculty, staff, students, and community member to ensure that everyone thrives and succeeds, regardless of their differences.  We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We do not discriminate on the basis of "race, color, nationality, ideology, ethnicity, class, religion, disability, veteran status, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. 

We commit to inclusion by supporting efforts that involve welcoming all faculty, staff, students, and community members into the Pott College. We provide a supportive atmosphere through a diverse, communicative, and culturally-competent environment in which all faculty, staff, students, and community members feel their needs and  perspectives are respectfully considered.

Vision Statement 

The Pott College SEE EDIC seek to build a community that upholds the value of all faculty, staff, and students in an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust and civility. 

Mission Statement

The Pott College SEE EDIC support a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, and students. We exist to provide strategic initiatives focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion. We acknowledge the success of our college is built upon the foundation of having diverse ideas and approaches to learning which is essential to inclusion and equity and our commitment to educational quality and as lifetime learners living in a global society.   


Core Values 

Respect - Understanding and valuing the perspectives, behaviors, and needs of people from all backgrounds.  

Integrity - We act with a consistency of character and are accountable for our actions. It manifests in perseverance and grit, principles and kindness, an din our stewardship of resources. 

Compassionate - Offering understanding and kindness to others with a mindset that we are in this together. 

Acceptance - Understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. Instead of viewing differences as a negative, we view them as strengths, adding more character to the college, allowing all to contribute in unique ways. 


Goals 

Goal #1 - Improve student access and success

Goal #2 - Strengthen faculty and staff hiring and success 

Goal #3 - Foster an Inclusive and Diverse Community 

Goal #4 - Facilitate diverse campus and community engagement 

Initiatives

1. To offer a spring faculty and student Equity, Diversity, and Colloquium Series.

2. To offer Diversity Dialogues on a monthly basis with topics relevant to supporting, improving and strengthening the success of our students and faculty. 

3. To offer a section for EDIC within the Pott College Newsletter.

4. To provide diversity programming on a monthly basis that align with Pott College departments and/or organizations. 

5. To collaborate across campus in fostering an inclusive and diverse community. 

For more information, visit the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan. 


Student Spotlight

  • “Speaking up when one sees wrongs in society is critical to accomplish a more welcoming community to all people. All people should be treated equally, regardless of sex, race, sexual orientation, etc. Not being affected by certain social issues should not be a synonym of not caring for those who do. Staying silent is deemed an approval of allowing these socials problems to persist. As members of society, we should look out for one another, love one another and support one another. We are all global ambassadors that play a vital role as the youth who will move forward this great nation and the world.” 

    Jotam Chen ’22 

    Manufacturing Engineering 

  • I think the entire year of 2020 has put a lot of things in perspective for all of us. It is vital to speak up or act upon something that is wrong, and there are right and wrong ways of doing that. To not point out someone’s wrong doings, whether those be words or actions, is wrong within itself. I think a lot of people don’t speak up when they see something wrong because of the [need to] avoid conflict, fear or for the simple fact that it doesn’t affect them directly. I would encourage everyone, no matter if you can relate to the topic at hand, or if you witness something wrong, correct it, bring awareness and attention towards it, and be the change you want to see.” 

     Jadyn Jones ’22 

    Biology (Pre-PA) 

  • “As a woman in STEM, equity, diversity, and inclusion are important to me because historically, women have not always been encouraged to enter science and math fields. As we make progression toward a more equal world, our school alone must take steps to welcome in students of all backgrounds and focuses. We must encourage them to pursue their careers in an environment where race, gender, or sexual orientation will not define their outcome or the way they are treated on our campus. “

    Maddie Nolan ‘23

    Geology/Physics

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