Project
Pillars of Wellbeing: An HBCU/PBI's Cultural and Operational Introspection of DEI
Description
This project focused on the development of strategic priorities to incorporate DEI-focused efforts centered around campus operations.
MSI Focus
4-Year Institution
Faith-Based
HBCU/PBI
Alabama
Miquelle Jones
Institutional Research and Effectiveness/Assistant Professor of English
Evidence

This project builds on previous equity-focused work at Miles College. The process for this project includes:

The goal is to develop strategies and definitions around DEI.

This would include a revised mission and strategic foals with DEI embedded into the institution's operational purpose framework.

This process will be completed through the Institutional Planning and Assessment Team (IPAT) which includes all campus stakeholders for a shared governance process.

Goal

The development of strategic priorities to incorporate DEI-focused efforts centered around campus operations. This will comprise campus stakeholders executing a collaborative attempt to define what DEI appears to be at the college, juxtaposing with how the implementation of DEI practices and/or initiatives can be embedded in the institution's mission and strategic goals for sustainability and accountability.

Lessons Learned

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU/PBIs) were established to serve marginalized African American students disenfranchised due to discrimination laws in the United States, which prohibited their admittance and attendance to white colleges or universities.

These is a need for a definitive meaning of DEI to be clarified in the cultural context of HBCU/PBIs.

HBCU/PBIs' current challenge is locating innovative curricular and co-curricular solutions to retain and engage marginalized African American students from varied socioeconomic backgrounds and diverse intersections of lived experiences.