2014-Goal 6

      2014 Strategic Plan

      2014 Strategic Plan

      2013-2014 Champions

      A Special tribute to WARHAWKS for an amazing season of play in 2013-2014 year: (1) winning a record six National Championships, (2) achieving unprecedented trifecta in the NCAA sports history, and, (3) achieving best finish ever, second place in the 2013-14 NCAA Director's cup (highest in UWW history).

      GOAL 6

      OVERVIEW

      Goal VI:  Increase the understanding of both domestic multiculturalism and international perspectives as central to university curricular and co-curricular priorities.

      Measure 1:  Define multicultural and international learning outcomes, within major/minors and select student affairs units/student organizations: YES

      Measure 2:  Identify student success in obtaining those outcomes

      Team Leader:  Pilar Melero, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Race and Ethnic Studies

      Team members:  Richard McGregory, Elizabeth Kim, Candace Chenoweth

      Frequency of the meetings:    

      Executive Summary

      The committee focused its work on two key areas: the development and expansion of "Inclusive Excellence" through the Chancellor's Committee on Inclusive Excellence, the creation of Inclusive Excellence Committees at the College Level (The College of Business and Economics and College of Letters and Sciences now have a college IE committee), and the development of a "Diversity Learning Rubric."  The plan was to assess student growth and comprehension of both domestic multiculturalism and international perspectives.  As part of this work, a subcommittee has developed a diversity learning rubric to test competencies in evaluating the knowledge and attitude of UW-W students towards issues of "diversity." Beginning with an expanded definition of "diversity," a three day summit, "Defining & Assessing Diversity" workshop, was held during Winterim 2013 to develop a draft of the diversity learning rubric.  Over the course of Spring 2013, the rubric was revised and tested.  Though it was originally intended for measuring student learning on diversity issues, it has also been identified as a training tool by some campus organizations, such as the LGBTQ Office.  Members of the Chancellor's Committee on Inclusive Excellence held question and discussion sessions across campus with units of all types during the 2012-13 academic year on issues of diversity and inclusive excellence.  In addition, a group of UW-Whitewater's Inclusive Excellence members attended a two-day workshop at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in August and have identified clear operational goals for inclusive excellence at UW-Whitewater, the main objective being "graduating students who are able to thrive in a diverse environment."  The annual Campus Diversity Forums have been held during September 27-28, 2012 and November 7-8, 2013 bringing together people from across the campus units for rich discussions.  The themes were "Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence", in 2012 and "It Gets Better Live Pre-Show" in addition to guest lectures and discussions and other campus events.  Also, the COBE and the College of Letters and Sciences have formed college-level IE committees. The L&S IE Committee includes one or more members from each of the 13 academic departments and has been in operation since the fall, 2013. This August (2014), the L&S IE Committee is inviting a Fall Retreat speaker to address IE-related issues in the classroom. COBE will be hosting the Fall 2014 Diversity Forum.

      The Center for Global Education has been hosting annual International Education Week at UW-Whitewater. Activities included cultural entertainment, a film showing reflecting on cultural differences, faculty presentations, student presentations, International Trivia Contest in Wells Residence Hall, a Global Experiences Fair, and a Global Experiences Scholarship Workshop. The colleges have been revising and improving their curriculum to integrate global education in key course offerings and to serve broader pool of students with these opportunities.  Global Education major continues to progress in the College of Education & Professional Studies (COEPS). COEPS has reworked its College International Education committee, which now overseeing all international initiatives.  Undergraduate Research Program (URP) provides additional grant funding to UR students whose projects require international travel and collaborates with the Center for Global Education to provide more information and support for students who would like to conduct research while studying abroad.

      Measures and Accomplishments

      Measure 1:  Define multicultural and international learning outcomes, within major/minors and select student affairs units/student organizations: 

      Explicit definition on multicultural and international learning outcomes has not been identified

      Accomplishments:

      1. INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE

      • Chancellor's Committee on Inclusive Excellence Core Group
      • L&S Inclusive Excellence Committee
      • Inclusive Excellence Milestone (a second IE requirements for all students)
      • New Initiatives: LEAP Committees
      • DIVERSITY FORUM-The campus continues to hold annual diversity forums during the fall semester.
      • The College of Arts & Communication has created "Inclusive Excellence Award" to reward faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the college's inclusive excellence efforts.  Mr. Michael Flanagan and Professor Barbara Penington received the first awards.
      • The College of Letters & Sciences (L&S) developed and approved a new Disabilities Studies Certificate, which includes two new courses:  English 305:  "Literature of Disability," and Political Science 331:  "Disability Politics and Policy."


      2.  DIVERSITY- RACE AND ETHNIC CULTURES

      • New leadership for Race and Ethnic Cultures
      • Change in name to Race and Ethnic Studies, recognizing the many areas of study in the program
      • Updated minor in Race and Ethnic Studies (RES; update in progress)
      • Two new emphasis for RES minor:
      • African-American Studies Emphasis (change in progress)
      • Chican@/Latin@ Studies Emphasis (change in progress)
      • Change in the name of the Chicano Studies to Chican@/Latin@ Studies or CHILAS to reflect that the program now includes Latin@ studies beyond the traditional Chican@ area
      • Upcoming: two new courses (one-time trial):
      • Native American Travel Study
      • Hmong-American Travel Study
      • Diversity Leadership certificate-Developed by Lauren Smith through funding from LEAP.


      3.  DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

      • New leadership
      • The Committee now has a non-voting member in the UCC to ensure that there is dialogue between the Diversity Committee and the UCC courses proposed for diversity credit and other issues.
      Measure 2: Identify student success in obtaining those outcomes
      Accomplishments:
      New Initiatives related to student success:

      • The UW-Whitewater Diversity Learning and Intercultural Competency Rubric to measure student learning
      • Conversations on Race (a multidisciplinary effort by faculty in L&S and others across campus to engage in difficult topics on race to commemorate the Civil Rights Movement, 50 years later
      • The Foreign Language unit of the Languages and Literatures department revised its popular Language Day for local high school students into "World Languages and Cultures Day," held February 22, 2013. The revision changed the focus of the festival from language competition to cultural learning, and was designed to increase participation by UW-W students.
      • ICIT assisted the Center for Global Education in transitioning its operations to the web-based software StudioAbroad, which is a complete information center for students and faculty traveling abroad.
      • The University created and approved an Intensive English Program, intended to attract, integrate, and keep a greater number of international students at UW-W.
      • The Center for Global Education (CGE) made major efforts to increase international student enrollment, travelling and researching student recruitment in China as well as increasing and improving marketing materials aimed at bringing international students to UW-W.
      • CGE has implemented an attractive "Global Ambassador program" designed to foster the academic success, satisfaction with first-year experience, and to provide opportunities for international and U.S. students to live with and learn from one another. The Office of Career and Leadership Development is lending their expertise to strengthen this initiative.
      • COEPS's global education program continues to grow and attract broader pool of students.  The teacher education program in Jamaica is newly re-focused, and COEPS strengthened programs in Sweden and Mexico. The Ecuador program will now involve service learning in addition to student teaching.
      • CGE will implement their international student enrollment management plan for 2013-2014 by participating in recruitment fairs in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore during Fall 2013 and a Latin American fair in Spring 2014.
      • The School of Graduate Studies & Continuing Education is exploring ways to offer new and existing travel study programs that address domestic multiculturalism as part of their course objectives.

      Looking Forward: Future themes/goals/recommendations

      The Diversity Learning rubric group recommends the following initiatives:

      • Share the rubric across campus units and meet with relevant parties to discuss plans for testing, revising and deployment. The evaluation plan focuses on assessing student growth in understanding of both domestic multiculturalism and international perspectives.
      • Initiatives to enhance recruitment and retention of women and multicultural students, ways to enhance student and faculty multicultural competence, and plans for the fall 2015 Diversity Form.

      2014 Strategic Plan

      2013-2014 Champions

      A Special tribute to WARHAWKS for an amazing season of play in 2013-2014 year: (1) winning a record six National Championships, (2) achieving unprecedented trifecta in the NCAA sports history, and, (3) achieving best finish ever, second place in the 2013-14 NCAA Director's cup (highest in UWW history).

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