The University of Maryland Diversity Year Initiative (DI)
"The Diversity Initiative explores and enhances common values that emphasize
interdependence, equality, justice, human rights, and the sanctity of each
individual's dignity. The goal is to further a unified vision and recognition
of the principles of unity and diversity and of the fact that we all are
fellow citizens of an emerging global village."
DI * Grants
Co-implementing a $1,000,000.00 " Diversity
grant from the Ford Foundation to the American Association of
Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Wesleyan
University, the Diversity Initiative, Academic Information
Technology Services (aITs), and University Relations. Projects
Web an electronic resource directory that connects a
family of on-line and print resources in October 1997. Diversity
Web is organized under the priorities of institutional
leadership, recruitment, retention, affirmative action,
curriculum transformation, faculty and staff involvement, student
experiences, campus community connections, research, etc.
Diversity Web progress includes:
- Developed templates and training materials for use by 300
institutions in the Ford Foundation Campus Diversity
Initiative campuses to enter their campuses' work into Diversity
Web Campus Profiles.
- Developed the Leader's
Guide, a summary of the best diversity practices
in U.S. higher education. Resources are selected by a
national advisory board and updated regularly.
- Developed and staffed Diversity
Workrooms, a forum for ongoing conversations about
diversity that is managed in the following way:
Affirmative Action is supported by the American Council
on Education; Student Experiences and Development by
NASPA, and Institutional Leadership and Systemic Change
- Disseminated four editions of the Diversity
Digest, a quarterly newsletter with a circulation of
- Writing the Diversity Blueprint A
Planning Manual, an analysis of processes,
strategies, challenges, and results from the University
of Maryland and 12 other colleges and universities.
- Cross-linked the UM Diversity
Database, and Provided consultation to reconfiguring
server to allow Diversity
Connections (DC) to link to the University's server. DC is a
summary of campus diversity efforts funded by U.S.
- Developed a public relations/marketing campaign
DI * National
- Recognized by the President's Commission on Race as one of the top
Diversity Programs in the country.
- Awarded "Site
of the Day" to Diversity Web by the Chronicle of
- Featured Diversity Web in an article in the Chronicle of
- Unveiled the Diversity Web at the Ford Foundation
- Set up computer demonstrations to showcase Diversity Web
at national conferences by AAC&U and the Ford
- Invitation to unveil the Newsroom at the annual
conference of the Educational Writers' Association, a
premier organization for journalists
- Invitation to the Diversity Database to be the only
non-Ford Foundation-funded resource website to be on the
opening page of Diversity Web.
- Award, the "Site
of the Day"
to the Diversity Database by the Chronicle of Higher
- Rated as "four
Magellan, the highest ranking available
- Rated by Yahoo as the best diversity database in the
DI * International
- Facilitated dialogue among South African, Indian, and
U.S. diversity scholars and practitioners at Ford
- Provided web development consultations to the American
Council on Education and Center for Higher Education
Transformation in South Africa
- Presentations to members of the Ford Foundation Campus
Diversity Initiative in South Africa and India at Ford
Foundation pre-conference workshops
- Received over 2 million "hits" during the
- Co-funded for Database Editor, along with Academic
Information Technology Services, the Administrative
Computing Center, the College of Library and Information
Services, and University Libraries.
- Developed an infrastructure which included a committee
and faculty content specialists
- Recruited faculty content specialists from the College of
Education, the Asian American Studies Program, the Joseph
and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, and the
Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
- Developed a team of undergraduates to provide computer
and Internet support to faculty content specialists.
- Developed a Training Handbook for content specialists and
a technical support handbook
- Presented a presentation to the Equity Council for the
general campus community.
DI * Workshops
Presented a workshop at AAC&U Annual Meeting on diversity
at the University with representatives from the Clark School of
Engineering, Administrative Affairs, and Student Affairs.
Organized a panel of representatives from campus units.
DI * Diversity
Sponsored a Spring and Fall "Diversity
Focus Days" (2
weeks each) which featured 48 programs.
DI * Programs
- Sponsored a live satellite video conference on Campus
Diversity with 10,000 students from over 200 colleges and
universities. Part of the -ISM Multimedia Campus Summit
- Sponsored "Diversity
Our Common Concern"
an interactive forum for classified staff to share ideas,
socialize, and meet representatives from campus
ethnic/cultural faculty and staff organizations.
- Coordinated and sponsored a workplace "shadowing" experience
where students, faculty and staff accompany a classified
employee to experience a typical work day and increase
recognition of the value of our diverse classified
- Sponsored the Third Annual Faculty Diversity Research
Forum on "Difference,
Power, and Identity in the Workplace."
- Co-sponsored a diversity orientation series for faculty
- Provided consultation to the creation of a teaching video
about the process of making diversity videos
- Co-sponsored a course on "Diversity and
Community Through Video," including a
series of speakers that introduced a group of students to
complex diversity issues and the process of video making.
- Sponsored the Diversity Initiative Showcase which
included a town meeting on hot topics, an award ceremony,
student essay contest winners, a Matching Grants poster
session, a demonstration of the diversity web site, and
- Continued to advise the United Cultures.
DI * Public
Implemented a public and media relations campaign which:
- distributed 20 internal and external press releases and
public service announcements
- placed 25 diversity-related articles in Outlook
- placed 4 articles in the Commuter Connection and four Op Ed pieces with the diamondback,
Physical Plant, and Dining Services newsletters
- placed a minimum of 50 diversity-related articles in
campus student newsletters
- printed and disseminated 9,000 copies of the new
diversity posters and redesigned focus calendars
- hosted two Good Morning Commuters Programs
- conducted 2 focus group interviews with student editors,
faculty and administrators to discuss the establishment
of the Diversity Public Information Service on the web
- coordinated with the Campus Career Center in
disseminating information about their National Employment
DI * Assessment
- reported results of the Diversity Initiative One-Minute
Evaluations for Fall, 1996 - Spring, 1997 that included a
comparison of One Minute Evaluation Results from
- conducted a study of faculty who are doing important
diversity work at the University of Maryland. Interviews
were carried out in the Spring of 1997, results were
reported in the Fall of 1997. In collaboration with the
Diversity Initiative Faculty Relations Committee, the
Evaluation Committee will honor these faculty who
participated in the study and share results of the study
with the larger campus community during the 1997-98
- during late Spring, 1997, The Diversity Initiative
Evaluation Committee solicited mission/vision statements
from all academic, administrative, and service
departments on campus. The purpose of analyzing these
statements will provide the Evaluation Committee and the
campus as a whole another indicator of the level of
commitment to diversity and multiculturalism across
campus. These materials were obtained throughout the
summer of 1997. Results will be presented during the Fall
- Diversity Web Assessments were also created for the
purpose of obtaining feedback from information providers
and users of the site. Results will be obtained and
analyzed during the 1997-98 academic year.