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We are collaborating across the institution to identify and eliminate systemic barriers to increase opportunities and access for those who have been historically and are currently marginalized. The impact of these changes is measured by increased success rates for marginalized student populations including those defined by race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity, first generation status, socioeconomic status, geography (rural), and persons with disabilities. The changes in our policies, procedures, systems and culture benefit us all in both tangible and intangible ways. All students will benefit from increased access to services that meet their needs and an environment that values and respects every person.
All the ways in which people differ. This encompasses all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another.
Identifying and eliminating systemic barriers (policies, practices, etc.) to increase opportunities and access to those who have been historically and are currently marginalized.
Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power.
EOU offers an annual calendar of Equity-focused Professional Development for our employees. This includes 21 Day Challenges, Common Book Reads, and topical presentations and discussions. To add the Equity PD events to your calendar, use this link.
One of the tools that EOU is utilizing to address this challenge is Moon Shot for Equity, a framework of actionable Best Practices developed by EAB. This framework is focused on four areas that are critical to equitable outcomes for all students.
Over a five year period (2022-2027), EOU will review systems that commonly present barriers for our students, scale up systems that work, and evaluate progress over time. Moon Shot for Equity addresses student success through an equity lens and coordinates initiatives and grants across the institution to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. This work extends to our whole community, whether online or on campus.
EOU collaborates with our regional partners, Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario and Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. Together, we are part of a regional ecosystem closing equity gaps and increasing access to higher education in eastern Oregon.
For more information about Moon Shot for Equity, contact Julie Keniry.
Throughout the month of April, EOU is offering a Campus Climate Survey to all employees and students. The survey provides us with valuable insight about the experience of our community members in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The results will be used to develop programs and strategies that support improvement and to evaluate our progress toward being a place where people of all backgrounds and identities feel a sense of belonging and where diversity is embraced.
Julie KeniryStrategic Initiatives Project DirectorMoon Shot for EquityEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: (541) 962-3421
Bennie Moses-MesubedAssociate Vice President of DEIBEmail: email@example.comPhone: (541) 962-3406
Can Title IX help with equity issues? Yes. Visit the Title IX website at http://www.eou.edu/titleix.