In October of 2008, President Daniel J. Bradley constituted, convened, and charged a university-wide Council on Diversity to assist in the development of policy related to diversity issues, the appeal of affirmative action complaints, dispositions, the development of recommendations to promote and maintain cultural and gender diversity among ISU employees and across positional levels, and the development of recommendations to promote recruitment and retention of minority students. The Council was also designed to fulfill Indiana Code requirements for such committees at Indiana’s public institutions of higher education and the preparation and submission of an annual report of findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The 21 members of this committee represent a broad cross-section of the university community (students, faculty, support staff, and administration) and include representation from the larger Terre Haute community.
Informed by the Indiana State University Mission Statement and a particular stated institutional value about diversity, the Council has adopted a Vision, Mission, and Values document to guide our work that is informed by a particular definition of diversity and that guides our specific 2011-12 priorities. These priority tasks will be carried out through the mechanism of particular sub-committees.