On April 11, the Diversity Committee met to sum up the work of this year. A number of issues were discussed regarding the SILS Diversity Advocate Certificate program, including updates on the status of applicants, reviewing and grading their work and progress, and details of the lapel pin design for the awardees. This year, three SILSters have completed the requirements for the SILS Diversity Advocate Certificate. The Diversity Committee will work together to produce a year-end summary.
In terms of future work, various issues were brought up by the committee members. One important issue is to further promote diversity perspectives to SILS faculty and students, through SILS classes and events, faculty development, as well as cross-campus events offered by Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DMA), LGBTQ Center, and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). This committee meeting also covered the preparation and logistics of the video of community members reading the diversity statement.
Stephen Krueger, the facilitator for SILS CheckedOut, earned the 2017 University Diversity Graduate/Professional Student Award.