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Diversity Strategic Plan

UMASS Diversity Strategic Planning Steering Committee

The Diversity Strategic Planning Steering Committee was formed in the spring of 2014 and charged with articulating recommendations to Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy via a campus diversity strategic plan. The plan was to have a particular focus on increasing enrollment of underrepresented groups on campus and ensuring a positive experience for all members of the UMass Amherst campus community. 

Over the course of its initial meetings, the Steering Committee identified five thematic areas around which to organize its findings and recommendations:

  1. Establish UMass Amherst as a destination of choice for students of color and other underrepresented groups.
  2. Improve the campus climate of inclusion.
  3. Enhance effectiveness of curriculum and educational programs with regard to diversity and inclusion.
  4. Increase focus on recruiting, retention, and promotion of diverse faculty and staff.
  5. Increase outreach and engagement with external communities/schools with large proportions of underrepresented minorities.

For each area, the Steering Committee researched the current state of affairs on the campus based on available information and made a number of recommendations for future action.

For each recommendation, the Steering Committee identified, when possible, the specific office, department, or organization on campus responsible for the necessary actions.