The acronym “StRIDE” is more than a just a catchy name at SMCM. It is an expectation for steady and ongoing movement towards a robust diversity administration that impacts the College’s mission.
The diagram and metrics shown below reveal StRIDE collaborative foci and key performance metrics by which the Office can measure its annual impact. Each metric is intentionally aligned with one or more objectives found in the College’s Strategic Plan to ensure that the StRIDE Office plays an integral role each year in advancing the College towards its goals.
Inclusive & Equity Strategy
The StRIDE Strategic Plan is designed to impact four major dimensions of the College’s infrastructure:
- Organizational Leadership and Commitment – The clarity of expectations, investment of human and fiscal resources, and accountability as demonstrated through the words and actions of SMCM’s diversity leadership at all levels;
- Curricular and Co-Curricular Transformation – The extent to which principles of multiculturalism, pluralism, equity, and diversity are currently incorporated into SMCM collaborations and inclusive efforts as well as ongoing efforts to further infuse them into same;
- Organizational Climate – The degree to which the events, messages, symbols, values, etc., of SMCM serve to make it a welcoming and inclusive workplace for all students, faculty, staff, and the broader community; and
- Representational Diversity – The degree to which SMCM attracts, retains, and develops talented and diverse board members, responsible professionals, committed partners, donors, and supporters commensurate with the SMCM mission and service region.
Anticipated Constituent Outreach
- Work actively with alumni to exchange information and ideas about enhancing the diversity on campus and interaction between current and prospective students. Other emphasis: mentoring, networking, and financial support.
- Leadership of a consortium to help determine appropriate and mutual engagements and services and facilitate more positive interactions between the university and the local community.
- Leadership for expanding the university curricula to recognize and respond to significant demographic, social, political, and economic changes that are taking place in the country and across the globe.
- Leadership for diversifying and retaining faculty via programs which create a more integrated and supportive presence across campus and in the surrounding communities.
- Communication with various constituencies and allies who understand the important role diversity plays in maintaining excellence at the College.
- Partner Institutions
- Leadership for building healthy, mutually beneficial relationships with regional institutions and beyond.
- Precollege Populations
- To ensure substantial numbers of well-prepared applicants from underserved communities have early access to the College.
- Assistance to HR and Affirmative Action in identifying, initiating, and evaluating a range of approaches to employment and promotion that mitigate practices of the past and reflect contemporary commitments to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
- Facilitate a wide variety of academic and social interactions which engage students from diverse backgrounds.