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Announcement from UIC Provost and Co-Chairpersons of DSTP Committee - Availability of Diversity Strategic Thinking Document
(March 23, 2010)

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

We are pleased to share with the campus exciting news and a few important updates on behalf of the Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning Committee. Over the last year and a half, the committee and other units on campus have been working to outline the DSTP process and conduct a Diversity Strategic Thinking exercise. At this time we are happy to announce that the document, which reflects this strategic thinking to date, is now available for campus review and discussion.

The document – Through the Lens of Diversity – is currently a working draft, representing a conglomeration of ideas, perspectives and opinions from thinking reports and campus conversations. The goal of this first stage of the process was to consider how UIC interprets, accomplishes, assesses and utilizes our diversity as it relates to these six subject areas: Climate and Environment, Staff, Students, Faculty, Teaching and Learning, and Research. As you read this document, we ask you to remember that to date the DSTP process has been one of strategic thinking – and not of strategic planning. We welcome your feedback and review of the draft, which is available at the Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning Web site: www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/diversity_planning. A response form and an e-mail address are located on the Web site for your comments, opinions and reactions. 

The committee has also selected dates for campus town hall meetings to solicit additional input from you. The draft document and upcoming campus conversations will guide the DSTP Committee as we set priorities and position the groundwork for Phase 2 of the process, in which a Diversity Strategic Plan for UIC is created. We anticipate that the plan will build upon existing programs and lay out intended actions, such as new programs, training and assessment to enhance the success of our institution. 

Your participation and feedback on the working draft and in upcoming town hall meetings is critical and an important part of the DSTP process. We value your contribution and would like to include you in all aspects of our planning. Below is a list of dates and locations for the campus town hall meetings. Captioning will be provided. For more information or accessibility accommodations, please contact Dana Wright at 312-355-1308 or by e-mail at dcwright@uic.edu.

Diversity Town Hall dates and locations:

Wednesday, March 31, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Student Center West, Chicago Rooms A and B
828 S. Wolcott

Tuesday, April 6, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Student Center East, Room 605
750 S. Halsted

Wednesday, April 21, 2:00 pm – 4:00pm
Student Services Building, Rooms ABC
1200 W. Harrison

For additional information on the DSTP process and diversity at UIC, please visit the DSTP Web site at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/diversity_planning.

We applaud your commitment to diversity and thank you again for helping us in this effort. We look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming campus town hall meetings. 

Sincerely,

R. Michael Tanner
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Lon Kaufman
Co-Chair, Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning Committee
Vice Provost for Planning and Programs, and Professor, Biological Sciences

William Walden
Co-Chair, Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning Committee
Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Professor, Microbiology and Immunology