The Climate & Inclusion Committee is an annually appointed committee of Lewis Center faculty and staff. The Committee is responsible for advising and guiding the Lewis Center’s work on equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility, in collaboration and consultation with Center leadership, other committees, groups, students, faculty, or University offices or departments, and in tandem with the University’s Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.
COMMITTEE MISSION STATEMENT
The LCA Climate and Inclusion Committee’s mission is to:
- Offer opportunities for LCA faculty, staff, students, and guests to raise questions, concerns and issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion with us
- Gauge the LCA climate for underrepresented groups to ensure that all LCA faculty, staff, students, and guests feel included, respected, supported, and welcomed
- Propose policies, practices, and initiatives to advance the LCA’s Purpose, Principles, and Practices for equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Assist the LCA administration with transparent communication about equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, issues, resources, and information.
During the academic years 2019-20 and 2020-21, the LCA Climate and Inclusion Committee focused on creating institutional infrastructure to assess and advance equity, diversity, and inclusion at the LCA. Results include:
- Development and posting of an LCA Statement of Purpose, Principles, and Practices
- Proposal for and initiation of the Fall 2020 Student Teach-In
- Creation and implementation of an LCA feedback portal and posting of reporting resources
- Implementation of open time certain meetings with the Committee to raise concerns and questions about equity, diversity, and inclusion at the LCA
- Tailoring a climate study to the specific needs and activities of the LCA, implementing the study and accompanying focus groups, and sharing preliminary results.
We look forward to building on these efforts during the academic year 2021-2022 and welcome suggestions for how to do so using the LCA feedback portal.