Diversity and Inclusion Working Groups | Webster University

Diversity and Inclusion Working Groups

Webster University is committed to inclusive excellence. To support the understanding that efforts of equity are continuous, Diversity and Inclusion Working Groups have been established. Groups will coordinate internal assessments, conduct research and produce final proposals to enhance institution-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives. The groups will be led by two co-chairs and include faculty, staff and students. Through collaborative, sustainable efforts we will achieve significant transformation.

  • Academic Curriculum: Courses and Programs
    Student Success: Admission, Retention and Graduation Rates
    Co-Chairs: Simone Cummings and Dani MacCartney
    Academic Curriculum Final Report (pdf)
  • Finance: Affordability and Scholarships
    Priorities for University Funding: Events, Programs, Facilities for Students
    Co-Chairs: Ted Hoef and Eric Rhiney
    Finance Final Report (pdf)
  • Diversity of Employees: Faculty and Staff
    Education/Training for Employees and Students
    Co-Chairs: Sanela Bejdic and Nicole Roach
    Diversity of Employees Final Report (pdf)

Implementation Strategy

Prepare: Post Diversity and Inclusion Working Group final recommendations on Diversity and Inclusion website. Create a final recommendation sheet for each recommended leader/department.

Include: Bring influential faculty, staff, students and others as appropriate, not just administrative team into the development and planning process. Not only will they contribute meaningfully to strategy, they will also be critical in identifying needs, gaps and trends.

Communicate: Ensure recommended leaders understand the expectations of delivering outcomes. Communicate the responsibilities through a combination of presentations, meetings, newsletters and updates. Continue strategy and performance updates, institution-wide.

Clarify: It is important that all recommended leaders and supporting faculty, staff, students and partners are aware of expectations. What and how are they expected to deliver? How will outcomes be measured?

Evaluate: Meetings to be held throughout the year to assess initiatives for performance and strategic relevance. Strategies will be under review to assess changes in our internal environments as well as our external and competitive environments.