Equity Action Initiative

Over the summer of 2020, university leadership commissioned the Equity Action Initiative (EAI). The EAI was a call to action to help improve the climate for and reality of equality, dignity, inclusion and belonging.

Bold measures were proposed and accepted. These proposals are designed to disrupt and root out any manifestations of racism, bigotry and implicit bias. Recommendations put forth will foster enhanced diversity and inclusion for members of FIU’s Black community as well as other groups who feel excluded from the fairness, opportunity, and equal treatment called for by our mission and values.

Every action taken will support and help make the FIU community and our world to be a better place.

Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion El pagnier Hudson has discussed the university’s push for racial equality across the institution.

Progress

See the progress of individual items from the Equity Action Initiative Proposal.

 
Progress of individual items from the Equity Action Initiative Proposal
StatusInitiative

Completed

Creating an executive level diversity, equity, and inclusion structure

Establishes a placement for the right senior leadership to lead the university’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work in a way that disrupts the status quo, leads the charge in eradicating systemic racism and unearths inequities lurking subtly in our structure.

 Appointed a Vice Provost for DEI in September 2020 and created the Division of DEI and the Diversity Council in November 2020. 

In Progress

Reforming hiring, promotional, and performance management practices

Explores the current constructs and potential for adverse action across all hiring and promotional decisions, at each step, to identify discriminatory practices and lead to long-term, sustainable change.

 

Currently reviewing hiring practices and policies to identify barriers and retention policies and practices to identify systems with the potential to hel[pdisadvantage underrepresented minorities in terminations and attrition


Completed

Campus climate survey

Launch a campus climate survey to have a baseline on the feeling of belonging for Black faculty, staff, and students and inform future action plans.

Launched Belonging Survey in October 2021, garnering over 6,000 responses


In Progress

Police reform

Outlines initiatives intended to advance training, promote community policing, support diversity efforts, examine alternative controlling techniques, and create a more rigorous and comprehensive apparatus for reporting misconduct.

 Ongoing police training program to further develop their understanding of DEI.

In Progress

Micro-credentials

Learners will discover key terms and definitions as well as gain a fundamental understanding of concepts related to social justice.

 Created Fundamentals of DEI & Manager Learning Series in Spring 2021

In Progress

Tenure process review and restitution

Currently conducting a qualitative and quantitative analysis of current recruitment, retention, and promotion processes in collaboration with AWED & AIM).


In Progress

Destination FIU: Expanding Pathways for Black Faculty and Students

Proposes tactics to institutionalize FIU as a destination for Black faculty and students at all levels of scholarly pursuit, including at the junior and senior faculty ranks and administrative level as well as the doctoral and undergraduate student levels.

 Expanded AWED’s Mentor Professor Program, hiring 5 new faculty members for the 2021-2022 academic year.

In Progress

Mentoring & advocacy

Provides a framework for mentoring and advocacy of the Black constituency at FIU.

Created doctoral cohort for underrepresented minority doctoral students and launched the @FIUCASE Mentor Collective.


Planned

SAT/Standardized test reform

Examines alternative admission criteria that could be used to replace the SAT and ACT in the admissions process (presently, these high-stake examinations are required by the State University System of Florida and significant reform to eliminate these assessments as a barrier to higher education access will require long-term strategic planning). However, there are new precedents, exceptions, and alternative pathways that can be supported in the interim to increase access to students from underrepresented groups, particularly Black students.


In Progress

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Classroom: A Holistic Vision for Change

Outlines details for a data driven, systemic and developmental pathway toward equitable outcomes for Black students at FIU.


In Progress
Enhancing the African and African Diaspora Studies Program

Completed

Juneteenth

Seeks to make Juneteenth an official day of observance at FIU.

 Established FIU Freedom Day Celebration in 2021 as an annual tradition at FIU, along with a week-long of Juneteenth event programming.

In Progress
Community Initiative: People, processes/procurement & prosperity

Completed
FIU faculty senate resolution on racial, social, and community justice

Completed

Establishing a Black Faculty Association

Creates an organization that not only advocates for Black faculty, but can provide a safe space, offering protection against racism, thus avoiding excessive mental stress and fatigue.

 Established the Black Faculty Association in January 2021

In Progress

Green Library Equity Action Initiative

Brings together units within the FIU community sharing common goals (such as the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab, the African and African Diaspora Studies Program, Department of History, and the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment) in collaboration with the larger South Florida archival community, to transform the way regional history is preserved, give voice to those who are silenced through the historical record as it is, and provide space for a narrative more equitable, inclusive, and accessible to all.


Completed

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU Equity Action Initiative

Presents “BLACK LIVES IN A JEWISH CONTEXT,” a virtual series of films, illustrated lectures, and interviews with scholars, historians, and clergy members around diversity and intersectionality within Judaism.

Reached nearly 1,000 participants, which featured 6 complementary programs including virtual films, illustrated lectures, and interviews with scholars, historians, and clergy members.

In Progress

Increase admission, student retention, and degrees awarded for the minority of the minority

Held the first DEI focused COMPASS meeting to review current rates at a granular level per each school and college, to prioritize and hold units accountable for achieving these increases


Planned
FIU Intergroup dialogue for social justice

In Progress

Equitable Panther Procurement Initiative

Develops a diversity specific infrastructure to successfully engage with Black-owned businesses.

 Increased FIU’s Minority Business Enterprise spend over 4% from an average of 11.83% in FY21 to 15.93% for FY22.

Planned

Implementing a Campus Climate Support Team (CCS)

Facilitates ongoing campus climate assessments and education, reviewing bias-related incidents, and proactively addressing these occurrences on campus.