Dear Instructors, Students, and Friends of the Diversity Management Program (DMP),
I am writing today August, 29, 2018 with some exciting news. As you may know, there have been ongoing discussions about the best path forward for the DMP. Dr. Ronnie Dunn, Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Cleveland State University, is committed to a revised - and interdisciplinary - Diversity and Inclusion Program. The present plans for the revised program include professional development opportunities - and current part-time and adjunct instructors in the Department of Psychology DMP will be invited to participate in discussions about the revised program. The CSU Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and University Engagement is proceeding with plans to establish a Diversity Institute. The Diversity Institute and/or other academic units at CSU will be considered as potential homes for the revised program. As a necessary step in the transition process, at the faculty meeting on August 24, 2018 the full-time faculty in the Department of Psychology voted to suspend the Diversity Management specialization of our M.A. program in psychology. As Dean Bond indicated in a previous message, current students will be able to complete their degrees on schedule, and we are committed to their success in doing so.
The Department of Psychology is looking forward to working closely with Dr. Dunn and other stakeholders as Cleveland State University develops a state-of-the-art Diversity and Inclusion Program. Again, current part-time and adjunct instructors in the Department of Psychology DMP will be invited to participate in discussions about the revised program. In addition, full-time faculty members in the Department of Psychology are enthusiastic about opportunities to contribute to this revised program (and to other Diversity Institute programs) on collaborative research projects and as course instructors.
Another agenda item of our faculty meeting on August 24, 2018 was a discussion about diversity and inclusion more broadly. Two outcomes of that discussion were 1) strong support for revising our departmental bylaws to include a standing committee on Diversity and Inclusion and 2) interest in diversity and inclusion training opportunities for full-time faculty and staff. As a department, we are excited about the revised program, departmental initiatives around diversity and inclusion, and playing a role in other initiatives of the Diversity Institute.
Conor T. McLennan, Ph.D.
Cleveland State University
Professor and Chair - Department of Psychology
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