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Fall 2016 Discussions on Diversity at NAU Dates, Times, and Locations

(Because of the intersectional interests and experiences of every individual, please feel free to attend more than one town hall session).

Fall 2016 Student Discussions on Diversity at NAU w/CDO (5:30-7:30 unless otherwise stated, pizza provided) - Grand Canyon Room, Student Union
  • Discussions on Issues Related to LGBTQIA Students - September 12th (6:30-8pm due to programming conflict)
  • Discussions on Issues Related to General/Multicultural Students - September 15th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to African American/Black-Identified Students - September 19th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Latino/a-Identified Students - September 20th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Women-Identified Students - September 29th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Native American /Indigenous Students - October 17th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Asian/Asian-Pacific Islander Students - October 20th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Students w/Disabilities - October 26th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to International Students - November 1st 
October Faculty Discussions on Diversity at NAU w/CDO (lunch provided from 11:30-1:30 unless otherwise stated) - Grand Canyon Room, University Union
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Faculty of Color - October 6th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to General/Multicultural Faculty - October 10th (2-4 p.m.)
  • Discussions on Issues Related to LGBTQIA Faculty - October 12th (10-Noon)
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Women-Identified Faculty - October 13th (2-4 p.m.)
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Faculty w/Disabilities - October 17th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to International Faculty AND Staff - October 20th
October Classified Staff Discussions on Diversity at NAU w/CDO (lunch provided from 11:30-1:30 unless otherwise indicated) - Grand Canyon Room, University Union
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Classified Staff of Color - October 24th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to General/Multicultural Classified Staff - October 25th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to LGBTQIA Classified Staff - October 26th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Women-Identified Classified Staff - October 27th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Classified Staff and Service Professionals w/Disabilities - October 31st
November Service Professional Discussions on Diversity at NAU w/CDO (lunch provided from 11:30-1:30 unless otherwise indicated) - Grand Canyon Room, University Union
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Classified Staff and Service Professionals w/Disabilities - October 31st
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Service Professionals of Color - November 1st
  • Discussions on Issues Related to General/Multicultural Service Professionals - November 3rd
  • Discussions on Issues Related to LGBTQIA Service Professionals - November 7th
  • Discussions on Issues Related to Women-Identified Service Professionals - November 8th 

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in the Diversity Discussions, please contact the Equity and Access Office at (928) 523-3312.

Welcome from the Chief Diversity Officer

Carmen Phelps

Dear Members of the NAU Campus Community,

Welcome to a new academic year! 

My name is Dr. Carmen Phelps, and I serve as the Chief Diversity Officer in the President’s Office here at NAU.  As a new member of the campus community, I am extremely excited to begin building relationships with faculty, students, administrators, and staff to advance NAU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion ideals.  Having served as an educator, administrator, and advocate for such ideals on many college campuses, I am dedicated to working with each of our diversity commissions as well as all members of our community to foster an environment that is supportive of all identities and populations represented on our campus.  As we do so, it will be important to acknowledge the lived experiences, challenges, and perspectives of all such groups toward the goal of building community, competency, and cultural understanding across “difference.”

One of the ways in which I will be engaging the campus community in the coming weeks will be through the facilitation of town hall meetings; during which faculty, students, administrators, and staff will be invited to discuss and document diversity-centered issues and concerns as well as campus accomplishments and advancements made in these areas – processes that will inform the composition of NAU’s first Diversity Strategic Plan, consistent with the institution’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion ideals.  Not only do I anticipate that such town halls will yield a great deal of information to be addressed in the Diversity Strategic Plan, but they will serve as valuable community-building processes as well.

I invite everyone to take part in the town hall meetings listed below, including dates and times for each session - all of which will take place in the Grand Canyon Room of the University Union.  For your convenience, please note that faculty/staff-only town halls are scheduled to take place during the day and that student-only town halls are scheduled for the evening. Food will be provided.

Finally, please continue to check the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage for updated information regarding diversity-centered resources and programs offered to the campus community.  I also invite you to contact me directly with ideas for programs, resources, or opportunities, which you believe might benefit our community as we strive to achieve our diversity-centered goals.

Have a productive and inspired start to the academic year - I look forward to working with you!

Warmly,

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Carmen Phelps

Center History and Purpose

On January 13, 2016, Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng announced the formation of the Center for University Access and Inclusion. Over the next year, the Center for University Access and Inclusion will become a hub for coordinating diversity and inclusion efforts across our institution. The center will be seeking out and facilitating joint programming, grants and new opportunities for faculty and other qualified individuals to conduct research, which will inform compliance activities and contribute to best practices in higher education. Eventually, the center may host conferences and publish a scholarly journal. These activities will be implemented in phases over time and in coordination with the results of long-term diversity planning.