Office of Diversity Initiatives

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In the past few months the Office of Diversity Initiatives has been collaborating with members of our campus and local community on addressing campus concerns, sharing information on initiatives and resources, and streamlining efforts for continuous communication. In moving forward with addressing ODI's role in assisting with the recommendations presented in the campus climate survey, and developed through extensive input and feedback we would like to present our newly revised vision and mission statements. We greatly appreciate the hard work, feedback and insight provided by so many of you, whose vested interest continues to support our joint efforts for campus improvement.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Office of Diversity Initiatives is to advocate, promote, and support the advancement of equity, inclusiveness, and empowerment of a continuously changing collegiate and global community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Diversity Initiatives is to provide leadership and support for UNLV’s diversity mission: to nurture equity, diversity, and inclusiveness that promotes respect, support, and empowerment.

ODI will accomplish this by facilitating policy creation and compliance; supporting strategies that enhance professional development, mentoring, recruitment and retention; as well as working in collaboration with campus and community partners to foster and encourage cultural competency.

President's Statement on Diversity

As UNLV continues on its path to Top Tier, diversity is and will remain a crucial part of the fabric of everything we do. As President, I am committed to diversity and to full participation and full engagement throughout UNLV. You can see this commitment in the President's Advisory Council, which meets with me on a regular basis, in the support of UNLV’s Women’s Council, and especially in UNLV's Office of Diversity Initiatives. Our commitment is also clear in our policy statement regarding Diversity in Faculty Hiring at UNLV, a policy which was announced jointly by the Executive Vice President & Provost and the Vice President for Diversity Initiatives. Last year, we also initiated the Provost’s Leadership Development Academy, one of whose goals is to increase the representation of women and minority faculty in various leadership positions on campus. I fully support these critical undertakings and encourage all members of the UNLV community to become familiar with them as we move forward on our Path to Tier One.