Diversity and Inclusion

Effective advising programs acknowledge the diversity of student values, experiences, and motivations as they move in and through the university. CAS Program Standards (Part 7: Diversity, Equity, and Access) state that advising programs and services...

(a) "must not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, abilities/disabilities, age, cultural identity, family educational history (e.g., first generation college), language, religion, nationality, socio economic or veteran status, or any other basis included in institutional policies, codes, and laws;

(b) must create and maintain educational and work environments that are welcoming, accessible, and inclusive to persons of diverse backgrounds, equitable and non-discriminatory, and free from harrassment."

Advisors can demonstrate respect and sensitivity by approaching individual sessions with students with as as few preconceived notions as possible. 

Guiding Questionsto examine diversity and inclusiveness 

  1. How is diversity defined and manifested in your unit? Are diversity goals clearly articulated? 
  2. What efforts is the program making to ensure inclusivity? 
  3. How does your advising services staff foster student diversity, equity, and access? 
  4. How do advisors ensure sensitivity to and respond to the needs of diverse student population you serve? 


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