The Diversity Task Force at John Carroll University delivered a report of its two-year study of diversity at the University to the Student Union on Oct. 25.
Student Union needs to discuss the study and create initiatives that promote a more inclusive and diverse campus community immediately based on the guidelines offered by the Task Force.
The Task Force report is an opportunity for the University and students to make changes to the status quo that consider the importance of an academic environment that reflects the cultural, social and ethnic differences that exist in this country and globally.
Student groups should adopt the statement drafted by the Task Force and should commit to embracing differences among members and creating an environment of openness and opportunity.
The University must create the position of chief diversity officer, as recommended by the Task Force, within the next year or two to ensure that minority populations increase at JCU and are represented.
Further, the new position will demonstrate the University’s commitment to creating a campus environment that is accepting and inclusive of student populations that deviate from the white majority of students at JCU.
JCU must act on the Task Force recommendations and students should do their part to incorporate the findings into the planning and operations of student groups.
The Task Force is seeking student input and ideas to make JCU more diverse and inclusive, and students must take advantage of the chance to make positive changes at the University.