Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement
The goal of the OEDC is to create an organizational culture that is welcoming to all individuals in their own uniqueness. This culture will result in an environment that allows individuals to have the opportunity to succeed in all aspects of their academic and professional endeavors.
Minority Business Development Center Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women UT Diversity Trainings and Web Page Development Culture Ambassadors focuses on creating a positive environment President’s Lecture Series on Diversity Lead and sponsor of the UT Culture Climate Survey Develop and manage the Diversity Plan process President’s Council on Diversity Culture Building Institute Diversity Certificate Program
Age Color Ethnicity Gender Religion Disabilities Socio-Economic Status Sexual Orientation Gender Identity National Origin
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Create an atmosphere of dignity and respect by reaching out Looking for differences is easier than finding common ground because it exposes you However, if you start with common ground, it can be fun to find the differences
The mission of The University of Toledo is to improve the human condition; to advance knowledge through excellence in learning, discovery and engagement; and to serve as a diverse, student centered public metropolitan research university.
Compassion, Professionalism and Respect; Discovery, Learning and Communication;
Diversity, Integrity and Teamwork;
Engagement, Outreach and Service; Excellence, Focus and Innovation Wellness, Healing and Safety.
Diversity, Integrity and Teamwork
Create an environment that values and fosters diversity; earn the trust and commitment of colleagues and the communities served; provide a collaborative and supportive work environment, based upon stewardship and advocacy, that adheres to the highest ethical standard
Human diversity is variety in group presence and interactions. It includes, but is not limited to, age, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, disabilities, socio economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin.
Culture is shared and self-sustaining Leadership practice to be able to
It is “durable and robust…its survival and power do not depend on the presence and personality of a single individual.* Characterized by rhetoric, lack of listening, fear, and centers on an individual
* Deering, Dilts, Russell (2003)
Ethnic and Racial Diversity Gender Diversity Gender Orientation Diversity Socioeconomic Diversity Religious Diversity Generational Diversity National Origin Diversity Ability Diversity
Fall ‘13 Students Male Female 49.7% 50.2% Unreported or non-reported 0.1%
Undergraduate Total Population Graduate Total Population
American Indian or Alaskan Native
0.2% Asian Black or African American Hispanic/Latino 4.3% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% Non-Resident Alien 2.9% 12.2% 6.9% Race and Ethnicity Unknown Two or More Races White
* UT Institutional Research (November 2013)
4.5% 4.2% 67.3%
UT Statistics Faculty/Staff (Including UTMC) * Male Female 51.7% 48.3% American Indian or Alaskan Native Asian Black or African American Hispanic or Latino 0.2% 7.0% 6.9% 2.4% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.02% Non-Resident Alien 11.0% Race and Ethnicity Unknown or Not Reported 1.1% Two or More Races 0.4% White
* UT Institutional Research (May 2014)
Expansion of learning through exposure Appreciation and maintenance of one’s own culture Ability to network with others Opportunity to relate to others Ability to effectively handle barriers Knowing how to balance being part of groups and maintaining individuality Common ground should be your goal
• • • • • • • • • “I am afraid of what those people will do.” “I can’t understand why those people won’t learn English.” “They don’t have the same work ethic.” “They don’t know how to work a computer.” “They are too emotional to hold a leadership position.” “She thinks too much.” “They don’t know any better.” “Get off the road when they get on.” “I don’t understand why they always seem to seek jobs where other people have to make changes to suit just them.”
Do not participate
Ask questions back to clarify what was meant
Hesitate, then educate
Always bring it back to the mission and the core values
– Individual factors
– Societal factors
Limited Perceptions Bucher (2010) refers to perceptions that do not always reflect reality but only what one sees through their own experiences.
Refers to one’s own culture or ethnic group to be “central” or “normal” and viewing cultures as “deficient” or “inferior” (Thompson & Cuseo, pg. 203).
Refers to an “unverified and oversimplified generalization about an entire group of people” (Bucher, R., p. 86). Stereotypes revolve around every dimension of diversity. Racial Microaggressions ~ “Brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environment indignities, where intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile racial slights and insults toward people of color” (Sue, D., p. 271) ~ May hear this as “guerilla bias”
Refers to an “irrational and inflexible opinion formed on the basis of limited and insufficient knowledge” (Bucher, R.D., p. 91).
Stereotypes typically lead to prejudice Remember that some may claim that stereotypes may be useful but they are still used to be hurtful and misleading
Refers to “isms” defined as when power or one’s ability to influence and control others is applied to a dimension of diversity and justified. (Examples: ageism, racism, sexism, classism).
Refers to behaviors and is defined as “the unequal treatment of people on the basis of their group membership. Treatment varies because of race, age, gender, social class, or any number of other dimensions of diversity” (Bucher, R.D., p. 100).
The verbal part of communication involves sound, words, speaking and language.
How much of a message is verbally communicated?
•7% The non-verbal part of communication is more ambiguous and can be difficult to interpret accurately.
How much of a message is non-verbally transmitted?
Listening is central to the interpersonal communication process How much time do we spend listening a day? •45-70% of a day 3 Approaches for Effective Listening •Empathic: Placing self in the role of the speaker •Deliberate: Evaluating the message based on own context •Active: Providing feedback so that the speaker gets the message
UT Diversity Homepage
Provides links to:
•Listing of centers, offices, programs •Diversity calendar •College diversity plans •Community resources •Diversity testimonials
UT Culture Building Institute
•More than 20 workshops available •Flexible Scheduling
Troubleshooting Life's Challenges
Resources and Support
Important Information UT Police- Emergency
UT Police- Non-Emergency
Important Information For a complaint regarding discrimination or harassment
Contact: Kevin West, JD 419-530-4052
The Sexual Assault Education And Prevention Program
Dean of Students/Student Code of Conduct
Call the anonymous reporting line –
Motivation and Desire
Have to want to build a culture of inclusion.
Observe and be open
Recognizing differences among individuals and groups.
Visualize relationships and collaboration
Finding common ground, goals, and aspirations.
Evaluate and assess
Actively making adjustments where necessary to strengthen bonds and prepare for new ones.
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