Equity & Diversity Awareness

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Current Chairs

  • 2017-2018 Chair: Becca Hammond-Cahill, UC Davis

Previous Chairs

  • 2014-2015 Co-Chairs:
    • Elizabeth Vincent, CSUN
    • Rexanne Bowman-Anderson, UC Irvine
  • 2013-2014 Co-Chairs:
    • Heather French, Holy Names University
    • Alaina Sudeith, UC Riverside
  • 2012-2013 Co-Chairs:
    • Piya Bose, Pomona College
    • Jonathan Higgins, CSU San Bernardino
  • 2011-2012 Chair: Michele Davis, Fresno State
  • 2010-2011 Co-Chairs:
    • Jorge Arroyo, UC Santa Cruz
    • Cristal Wallin, San Francisco State University
  • 2009-2010 Co-Chairs:
    • Shimina Harris, San Francisco State University
    • Cristal Wallin, San Francisco State University
  • 2008-2009 Co-Chairs:
    • Stephen Rice, UCLA
    • Emily Sandoval, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • 2007-2008 Co-Chairs:
    • Staci Buchwald, Scripps College
    • Mia Love, Stanford University
  • 2006-2007 Chair:
    • Mia Love, Stanford University
  • 2005-2006 Co-Chairs:
    • Gerald Parham, UC Irvine
    • Mia Love, Stanford University

Outline

  • Travel – Optional
  • Programming – Optional
  • Communication by e-mail, telephone, fax, and/ or on-site meetings

Mission

To promote a heightened awareness of diversity and affirmative action through educational, social and professional opportunities.

Purpose

To provide an opportunity for all Association members to become involved in the affiliated areas of the housing program, ensure representation of under-represented and identified special interest groups in all aspects of the Association, and encourage networking and the sharing of ideas.

Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for the creation, support, and maintenance of WACUHO resources and social networks of under-represented and identified special interest groups throughout the western region.
  2. Render recommendations and guidelines to all committees in regards to issues of cultural sensitivity and Inclusivity guidelines.
  3. Maintain an active Association diversity clearinghouse which will include diversity related resources and materials.
  4. Will solicit nominations and grant the following special recognition awards for diversity education and achievement at the Annual Conference and Exposition:
    1. One $650 “Outstanding Commitment to Diversity” scholarship for a deserving individual
      1. The $650 award shall be granted for the Annual Conference and Exposition and shall cover the cost of registration fees and assistance toward travel or hotel costs. The recipient shall cover expenses exceeding the award. The recipient of the award will be required to present a program on a diversity-related topic at the Annual Conference and Exposition.
    2. One $100 cash award for a deserving individual
      1. The $100 cash award can be used in any of the three following ways: 1) donate the award to a diversity-related community or non-profit organization in the name of WACUHO and that individual; 2) apply the award to diversity-related resources or professional development; or 3) give the award directly to their home institution to be used toward that person’s professional development.
      2. If the individual chooses options two or three, they must submit an article to the WACUHO Waves within one calendar year to describe how they used the cash portion and how it benefited them and/or their community.
    3. One $200 cash award for a deserving member institution
      1. The $200 cash award can be used in either of the two following ways: 1) donate the award to a diversity-related community or non-profit organization in the name of WACUHO and that institution; 2) apply the award to diversity-related resources or development of staff.
      2. If the deserving institution chooses option two, they must submit an article to the WACUHO Waves within one calendar year to describe how they used the cash portion and how it benefited them and/or their community.
  5. Work with the Program and/or Host Committee to coordinate an open Equity and Diversity Awareness Reception at the Annual Conference and Exposition.
  6. Solicit facilitators to conduct diversity network meetings at the Annual Conference and Exposition and request from the Annual Conference and Exposition Program or Host Committee Chair time and space to hold the networks. The networks shall at least include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following groups: African American, Asian American, GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender), Latino/ a, Men, Multi-ethnic, Native American, Persons with Different Abilities, and Women.
  7. Work with the Annual Conference and Exposition Program, WTI Chair, and RAP Chairs to ensure inclusion of affirmative action and diversity representation in all conference program efforts.
  8. In conjunction with the chairs, evaluate program proposals for each RAP and be prepared to present the "Cultural Awareness and Understanding" or "Social Justice and Change" award to paraprofessional staff participants for their presentation of diversity related programs at the RAPs.
  9. Communicate with the Nominations Chair regarding recruitment of a diverse slate of Executive Committee candidates.
  10. Submit budget requests.
  11. Submit an informative article or update per issue of the WACUHO Waves newsletter.
  12. Prepare and submit one copy of your annual report in the EOY report cubby and one copy of the annual report in your committee’s cubby, and notify the WACUHO Vice President by May 1. (see Appendix for sample).