If we revisit University-wide conflict and dispute resolution procedures for students, staff, and faculty to ensure that current procedures support a racially just climate for all stakeholders, we will enhance the capacity of the University to address a broad range of racial offenses, including microaggressions and other bias-related incidents. This in turn will support a more inclusive, equitable
Specific activities to be implemented:
- Review of grievance procedures for students, staff, and faculty at other Universities and identify exemplars.
- Map assets and gaps of current offerings of supports for students, staff, and faculty.
- Develop and publish a common lexicon for key terminology, including distinctions between bias, bigotry, discrimination, microaggressions, equity, inclusion, etc.
- Create a communication plan to share conflict resolution options (those applicable to incidents of bias, microaggressions, or other forms of discriminatory misconduct for to students, staff, and faculty).
- Expand student conflict resolution services with peer training through the Conflict Resolution Liaison (CRL) position for student conflict resolution matters.
- Develop and deliver training and resources for supervisors, managers, and leaders on how to handle disputes that don’t violate the Comprehensive Policy, but may still contribute to a chilly climate (e.g. microaggressions) for people of color.
Proposed outcomes (over the next 5 years):
- University uses dispute resolution procedures to resolve incidents more accurately
- Implement a climate survey to track data that will indicate increased sense of belonging by faculty, staff and students of color
- Indications of decreased incidence of microaggressions, bias incidents, and other racial conflicts
- Lower turnover rates for faculty, staff and students of color
- Increased racial diversity across campus amongst faculty, staff and students
Many thanks to the strategy team members for their effort and dedication to realizing racial justice at Loyola and abroad:
- Badia Ahad (AP for Academic Affairs)
- Marshawn Brown (Executive Director for D&I)
- Stacy Jaksa (Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution)
- Tim Love (Office of Equity and Compliance)
- Jane Neufeld (Office of Student Development)
- Deborah Schmidt-Rogers (Residence Life)
- Joan Stasiak (Office of Human Resources)
- Outline Goals
- Short-term goals
- Long-term goals