National University Campus

President’s Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion Council

National University Campus

Diversity at National University encompasses the whole of the human experience and includes such human qualities as
race, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, nationality, age, religion, sexual orientation, economic status,
education, experiences, and veteran status. These and other socially and historically important attributes reflect
the complexity of our increasingly diverse student body and communities.

In recognition that our society and our institution have become more diverse, National University has re-invigorated
the President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEIC). The DEIC functions as an advisory council and
recommending body to the Office of the President, and council members serve as liaisons to divisions, offices, and
units across the intuition. Council members are responsible for assessing, developing, overseeing, and monitoring
University-wide efforts to achieve NU’s commitment to diversity and access as core institutional and educational

The DEIC meets regularly to assess the systems, culture, and climate of the University through an equity lens, and
develops recommendations that will help foster a more wholly inclusive and equitable culture. The Vice Provost for
Academic Services, Dr. Joseph Hoey is the Chair of the DEIC, which consists of faculty, staff, and student
volunteers. The council members represent many of the diverse offices, departments, and representative bodies of NU
such as:

  • Student Representatives
  • Faculty Senate
  • Graduate Council
  • Undergraduate Council
  • Council of Chairs
  • Equity & Inclusion Office
  • Human Resources
  • Student Accessibility Services
  • National University Language Institute
  • Title IX Office
  • International Programs Office
  • Enrollment Management
  • Center for Innovation & Learning
  • Academic Operations
  • Advisor of Pride @ NU
  • Finance
  • Registrar Office
  • Facilities/Security

To begin this important process, the DEIC has embarked on the important work of institutional baseline assessment.
To ensure targeted successes, the assessment efforts have been divided up into five sub-committees:

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Access & Equity

Evaluate how to create and ensure access for all underserved populations (students, faculty, and staff) at
the institution. Develop methods to improve access and success for all members of the NU community, while
enabling advancement (retention) and success (graduation) for underserved students.

Diversity in the Formal & Informal Curriculum

Assess and recommend improvements to embed diversity and social justice concepts throughout curricular and
co-curricular studies (field trips, field experience, study abroad, etc.), University processes (Career
Services, Student Organizations, Financial Aid, Office of Student Conduct, etc.), including outcomes

Institutional Commitment, Climate and Communication

Coordinate with Executive Leadership, Human Resources, and Public Relations to review institutional responses to city, state, and national events related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Lead qualitative and quantitative assessment of students, staff, and faculty to identify trends and perceptions of campus climate to support action plans for transformational and sustainable institutional action. Lead activities surrounding disseminating knowledge and awareness of the DEIC and its activities to the NU Community.

Student Learning and Development through Andragogical Diversity

Assess and collaborate with other groups to develop methods and practices for adult learners to further
reinforce an educational environment that fosters a sense of belonging to the institution. This includes the
learning environment, mode of delivery, ancillary departmental services, an atmosphere of respect and
supportiveness, and the way all of these experiences combine to create a unique learning culture where all
students can thrive.

NU as a Workplace

Creating and fostering a university culture where everyone feels welcome, respected, and valued.