Diversity Collaborative seeks new members

Founded in 2007, the Campus Diversity Collaborative aims to increase awareness of diversity and inclusion issues at Washington University in St. Louis. The group seeks new members among faculty and staff.

The collaborative helps WUSTL staff and faculty speak with confidence on diversity issues with a goal of collaboration on diversity in all areas, including curriculum, programming and community relations. Members attend meetings, workshops and training sessions focused on diversity and inclusion.

“We encourage campus conversations about diversity and inclusion and foster a support network for Washington University professionals who want to learn more about these issues,” said Julia Macias Garcia, associate director of Student Involvement and Leadership and director of the Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program.

Members come from a variety of backgrounds and work in various functions within the university. Membership is open to all faculty and staff from both the Danforth and Medical campuses, including underrepresented minorities and allies. They should have an interest in diversity and inclusion.

Previous events have included a panel on recruitment and retention of minorities, in partnership with Human Resources, as well as a question-and-answer session with Provost Holden Thorp, PhD. In addition, the group hosts social events such as happy hours and picnics.

“The collaborative provides its members the opportunity to work with like-minded staff and faculty across campus,” said Jaleh Fazelian, an Islamic and Near Eastern studies and South Asian studies librarian. “I’ve enjoyed the chance to get to know and work with people I would not have met in my regular duties for the university.”

Faculty and staff are invited to submit an application. Members are expected to attend four meetings per year and work on a subcommittee.

The collaborative plans a new member reception in mid-June.

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