Update on the Chancellor’s Council on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Meeting and Open Letter

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor emailed the following from Chancellor Michael Alexander to the UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff on Friday, June 12, 2020.

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

Yesterday, the Chancellor’s Council on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence met.  I want to thank Stacie Christian and Melissa Nash for their leadership of the Council and thought I should send you this email as an update to what was discussed and decided.

First, I am attaching the strategic goals of Council and the leaders of the various workgroups. Many of you have reached out to me asking how you can get involved in our efforts to improve.  Please feel free to reach out to any of the leaders of these workgroups if you feel you would like to contribute.

Second, we have agreed to rename the Council.  I feel it is important that the Council not have the implication that it is run by the Chancellor.  We all must own issues of Diversity and Inclusion.  I will still take an active role in the activities of the Council, but the new name will begin with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to reflect that it involves the entire campus.  The full new name will be decided on prior to the fall.

Third, the Council agreed that we will require diversity, equity, and inclusion training for all faculty and staff during the next academic year.  This falls within the framework of our second strategic goal.  We will work out the details of what this looks like over the summer, but I am announcing it now to hold myself and all of us accountable for making it happen.

Finally, Alexandra Ritchie, Marketing and Communications Recruitment Coordinator in our Office of Admissions has written a powerful open letter to our campus. I encourage you all to read it.

Michael Alexander
Michael Alexander