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Statement from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) empowers individual members of the Dominican community in their efforts to create a just and humane campus; ODEI is dedicated to assisting the community in discovering how to live together, inclusively. The goal of the ODEI is to extend the benefits of diversity to all members of the Dominican community by working to equip students, faculty and staff for responsible global citizenship. ODEI's goals and mission are supported by the values of caring and compassion, welcoming and hospitality, confidentially and acceptance, fairness, continuous improvement and periodic review.

The office, led by the Chief Diversity Officer, will:

  • Promote the development of unified strategies to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Work collaboratively to leverage the assets and allies needed to support and empower multicultural students, faculty and staff;
  • Monitor and assess Dominican University’s policies, procedures, governance regimes, and professional practices to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable and culturally competent;
  • Work to ensure that the Dominican community is free from sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination; and
  • Work collaboratively to ensure that all bias related behavior based on race, gender, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, nationality and immigration status is challenged and extinguished.

Statement taken from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion