​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The State System and its universities are committed to cultivating diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments that allow all members of the State System community to thrive. The position of Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer​ was established in August 2020 to engage institutional and system leaders to develop, implement, and evaluate outcomes-based strategies that address inequities in all areas including but not limited to student access and achievement; faculty and staff recruitment and development; and campus receptivity. The work will be grounded in, will build upon, and will elevate the promising initiatives and thought leadership already occurring across the universities.​​

What is DEI?

Diversity refers to differences among individuals (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status); equity refers to fair (but not necessarily equal) treatment regardless of one’s starting point in life; and inclusion refers to actions that foster feelings of being welcomed, respected, and valued.

 Guiding Principles and Values

  • Diverse identities and perspectives are essential elements of university life and should be considered when making all decisions. 
  • Students are the core of our work, and we must be intentional about creating environments that recognize differences and provide appropriate and equitable systems that foster positive outcomes. 
  • DEI strategies must include outcomes-based goals and be followed by action that is measured against these goals.
  • Collaboration is essential. We must leverage our strengths to co-create an impactful State System that values and embraces DEI.

Message from Dr. Pearson​​​

 Preliminary Strategy for DEI