Black Student Goals

Introduction
Representatives of Black student groups submitted goals to President Snyder in February 2016. Please note that this website is a community resource, intended to increase transparency and promote campus dialogue. The content is a work-in-progress. Your feedback is welcome.

For more information, detailed reports on inclusive excellence efforts from colleges and divisions are available under Data & Reports.

Click on each item below to see the detailed goal and description of progress that has been made toward that goal to date.

Updated January 2018

  • Goal 1

    Increase the amount of scholarship and financial aid directed toward Black students:

    1. Significantly increase the number of Black students on LMU’s campus.
    2. Implement a comprehensive recruitment and enrollment initiative for Black students.
    3. Provide continuous financial support for Black students for the duration of their University career.

    Progress Summary

    Updated January 2018

    Enrollment Management: As part of a strategic emphasis on outreach to historically underrepresented populations, Enrollment Management has devoted additional resources to increase the number and proportion of racial/ethnic minority students enrolled at LMU by maintaining and cultivating strategic partnerships and programs, including:

    • A partnership with Raise.me, a nonprofit organization that connects first-generation and low-income students with colleges and universities
    • The LMU Pathway Program, which allows students at partner community colleges to take approved courses and gain access to resources to experience LMU campus life with the goal of enrolling at LMU at the end of the program
    • Guaranteed Transfer Admission Agreements with a number of community college partner institutions
    • Pre-College Summer Programs, which brings diverse and talented middle and high school students to LMU’s campus to participate in academic programs and social activities
    • continued efforts in reaching out to primarily first-generation and Latina/o students in the Los Angeles area

    Visit Data & Reports to view a detailed report of Enrollment Management efforts.

    The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Experience (OUR) offers administrative, financial, and advising support and opportunities for LMU undergraduate students to engage in faculty-mentored research or creative projects through programs, events, workshops, and a community of undergraduate scholars. OUR operates three major programs: the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), and the Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS). In order to ensure that OUR programs and opportunities are accessible to all LMU students, OUR offers financial support for participation in UROP and SURP.

    Visit Data & Reports to view a detailed report of OUR efforts (within Undergraduate Education).

  • Goal 2

    Increase the amount of Black faculty and staff across colleges and departments (on-going and long-term):

    1. Recruit, hire, promote, and grant tenure to Black faculty. 
    2. Replace Black faculty, who exit the University, with new Black faculty.

    Progress Summary

    Updated January 2018

    Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts: For 2017-18, BCLA hired a Latina woman, two African American men, an African-American woman, and an Asian-American woman for tenure-track positions. For 2018-19 (in a cycle that is still unfolding), BCLA has so far hired a Latina woman and African-American man. 

    Student Psychological Services: In an effort to address concerns about the services provided or rendered in Student Psychological Services, the department has committed to recruit and hire 1 per diem black psychologist (temporary position) in the spring 2018.  

    Enrollment Management has significantly increased the diversity of its staff, hiring 22 more Black and/or Latina/o staff in the offices of the Registrar, Undergraduate Admission, Career and Professional Development, and Financial Aid since 2016.

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  • Goal 3

    Create mandatory and multifaceted cultural awareness programs and diversity training:

    1. Provide training that mirrors LMU Cares for first year students and cultural competency training for faculty and staff. 
    2. Include students of color in the developmental process of both programs.

    Progress Summary

    Updated January 2018

    Implicit Bias Initiative: The five-year initiative, which launched in October 2016, remains an important focus for the Office of the Vice President for Intercultural Affairs. 

    Implicit Bias Training for LMU Faculty and Staff: Dr. Adam Fingerhut and Dr. Nora Murphy of the Psychological Department have led workshops on implicit bias for faculty since Fall 2016 with a total of 56 faculty participants. They will continue to facilitate four workshops per semester during the next three academic years. The second President’s Leadership Development Retreat on Mitigating Implicit Bias took place on March 16, 2018. 

    Human Resources and the Office the Vice President for Intercultural Affairs will lead monthly workshops on implicit bias for LMU staff. Implicit bias staff workshops will continue for three years.

    Implicit Bias Training for Students: Student Affairs and the Office of Intercultural Affairs will lead workshops for student organizations, including a workshop to 65 executive board members of LMU’s Service Organizations in January 2018. Workshops for student organizations will include Greek fraternities and sororities as well as ASLMU.  In Fall 2018, all incoming freshmen will participate in implicit bias workshops as part of first-year orientation and will continue for subsequent orientation sessions. 

    Enrollment Management Implicit Bias Training: The Enrollment Management leadership team arranged for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity to conduct implicit bias mitigation training for the entire division in 2017. This training was delivered to more than 80 staff.

    Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts - Leadership Retreat on Diversity: The BCLA Leadership Retreat in January 2018 addressed the theme of “Engaging Diversity: Curriculum and Pedagogy, Student Resilience, and Faculty Hiring.” The retreat included a faculty panel on diversity, pedagogical challenges and opportunities, and student resilience.

    Intercultural Facilitators: Student Affairs continue to hire and train a cadre of students through the Intercultural Facilitators program. These students help to engage students in conversation about race, ethnicity and culture.

    Student Psychological Services trains new fellows each year on diversity and cultural competence. Staff received professional development training on Implicit Bias in Dec. 2017.

    LMU CARES (Campus Awareness Resource Education Services): During the 2016-2017 academic year, LMU CARES added an additional workshop for all incoming first-year and transfer students called Courageous Conversations. All incoming (fall and spring semesters) first-year and transfer students are required to participate in LMU CARES Courageous Conversations cultural competency training by the sixth week of the semester. 98.29% of the Fall 2017 incoming students received training.

    Intercultural Training: During the 2016-2017 school year, Student Affairs provided Intercultural Training sessions to the entire division, as a component of its offerings for staff development. This training is now mandatory for all Student Affairs staff and will continue to be offered twice a year. A second component of this training is in development.

  • Goal 4

    Increase inclusivity in overall campus life:

    1. Increase the level of diversity in campus-wide events (i.e. Fallapalooza, Spring Fest, etc.).
    2. Require all students to take one class from the Departments of African American, Chicano/a, and Asian-Pacific Islander Studies to graduate.
    3. Increase the number of campus-wide ethnocentric events.

    Progress Summary

    (Updated January 2018)

    Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts: The number of students who major and minor in African American Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies, and Women and Gender Studies have increased substantively in the period from Spring 2014 through Spring 2018. These increases reflect a multiyear concerted effort to align faculty to those programs (one tenure-track and one visitor have been annually added to each so far). The increased number of courses, in turn, have generated more student interest in these programs.

    Each year, BCLA offers several Global Immersion courses that address diversity and justice themes from a global perspective and seek to enhance students’ awareness of cultural, social, and political issues. Some examples of these courses include: AFAM/PSYC- Racial Identify and Socialization in the African Diaspora & African/Black Psychology (trip to Havana and Santiago de Cuba, Cuba); POLS/PSYC-Peace and Reconciliation (trip to Northern Ireland); HIST- Nazi Germany (trip to Germany); SOCL-Sociology of Aging (trip to Pueblo, Mexico); SOCL- Gender and Society (trip to Japan); SOCL- Sociology of U.S. Immigration (trip to Cuba). BCLA has provided over $100,000 in scholarships to support students participating in Global Immersion courses. For the ’15-’16 and ’16-’17 academic years, 54% of students who participated in the Global Immersion courses identified as persons of color.

    In September, 2017, the Departments of African American Studies and History jointly hosted a panel discussion on the debates involving Confederate monuments in response to events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    Visit Data & Reports to view a detailed report of Bellarmine College efforts.

    The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Experience (OUR) offers administrative, financial, and advising support and opportunities for LMU undergraduate students to engage in faculty-mentored research or creative projects through programs, events, workshops, and a community of undergraduate scholars. OUR operates three major programs: the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), and the Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS). In order to ensure that OUR programs and opportunities are accessible to all LMU students, OUR offers financial support for participation in UROP and SURP.

    Visit Data & Reports to view a detailed report of OUR efforts (within Undergraduate Education).

    Planning Process for Student Events: In 2016-2017, there was a revision of Student Affairs divisional strategies to ensure more robust content and voices were considered, specifically among the members of the Programming Collaborative. In addition to divisional efforts, the department of Ethnic and Intercultural Services (EIS) has also launched an analysis of programs and services this year.

    • Student Affairs leadership committed to ensuring that Student Affairs staff members would participate in student-centered diversity programs and initiatives (i.e. The National Dialogue on Race and Social Justice Dialog.)

    • On an annual basis, the departments of Campus Recreation and Campus Activities review the demographic information of the student usage in its facilities and programs. When the information is not similar to the University demographics, efforts are made to outreach to Departments and Student Organizations to increase participation.  Those categories include: gender, ethnicity, and class standing. 
    • During the 2017-18 academic year, Mane Entertainment has made a concerted effort to diversify its programming to ensure a wide variety of activities are offered which appeal to the entire student population.

    Visit Data & Reports to view a detailed report of Student Affairs efforts.