Embracing Diversity: The 5 Cs, Community, Compassion

Rev. Jamie Washington M.Div., Ph.D.
President, The Washington Consulting Group
Founding Faculty, Social Justice Training Institute
[email protected]
 To
deepen the level of authentic dialogue about
social justice as a strategic theme for the division
of student affairs.
 To consider key elements and concepts for
developing strategic goals related to social
 To explore the opportunities and challenges for
moving forward in the area of social justice.
 To consider next steps as partners, learners and
strategic thinkers as it relates to the strategic
theme of social justice.
 What’s
up and how are
you feeling about being
 What’s been your
experience with issues of
diversity, inclusion and
social justice issues in
the division of student
 Hopes/ Hope Nots for our
time together…
 Getting
 Learning
 A Common
 Strategic thinking,
learning, partnering
and delivery.
 Key Concepts
 Wrap up
Key Concepts
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Open and Honest Communications
Full Participation by all members (at your level of comfort)
Speak from personal experience: use “I” statement to share thoughts
and feeling
Listen respectfully
Share air time: encourage others participation
Full Presence
Being open to New Perspectives
Take Risk
Respect and Maintain Confidentiality
Notice Group Dynamics
Recognize your triggers
Trust that dialogue will take us to deeper levels of understanding and
Have Fun
Vision and Mission DOSA
We will be full partners in the student learning experience.
(The Division of Student Affairs partners with the academic
schools/college and other University divisions in alignment
with the University’s vision and mission to advance student
learning and success.)
The mission of the Northwestern University Division of Student
Affairs is to educate students, engage the community, and
enrich the Northwestern experience.
(We pursue our mission through providing learning programs,
services, and mentoring to maximize students’ potential,
removing barriers to learning, strengthening readiness to
learn, and sustaining a safe and healthy Northwestern
Value Statement
*We look for creative and sustainable approaches to enhance our work, challenge assumptions,
and promote strategies to advance student learning and success.
*We inspire and are inspired; we infuse energy and passion into the pursuit of our vision and
* We commit ourselves to creating a Northwestern community that facilitates full
and equal access to learning in and outside the classroom.
* We assess our programs, services, and institutional climate to contribute to an
equitable and inclusive Northwestern experience.
* We exercise the highest ethical and professional standards in our advancement of the student
learning experience and in relationships with community and external partners.
*We practice open, authentic, and civil communication. We seek first to understand.
*We partner with one another, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members in a
collegial manner that is consistently professional, respectful, and empathic.
*We strive to be thoughtful and responsible with our natural and institutional resources, facilities,
and spaces.
Guiding Principles
Commitment to Excellence: Upholding excellence as our
ultimate principle in our personal conduct, work, programs,
policies, and services.
Accountability: Holding ourselves and others responsible to
our values and guiding principles and institutional
Communication: Consistently listening intently and sharing
clear information with internal and external constituents in
a timely manner.
Curiosity: Asking questions and seeking new approaches
and strategies to find solutions and improve programs,
policies, and services.
Authenticity: Engaging with sincerity and honesty in our
interactions and decision making.
Intentionality: Making deliberate and strategic decisions
that contribute to the welfare of our students, colleagues,
and community.
Strategic Theme 1: Build Organizational Health
We will create a healthy, functional and sustainable Student Affairs organization
committed to excellence by continuously improving internal and external communications,
technologies, professional development, policies, and procedures.
Strategic Theme 2: Enrich the Northwestern Experience
We will provide services, programs, shared experiences, and a unifying identity that
contributes to a vibrant Northwestern community.
Strategic Theme 3: Further Student Learning
We will create holistic learning experiences for students outside the classroom, remove
barriers to student learning, and provide opportunities for the integration of their learning. We will
utilize an attainable and measurable framework for student learning outside the classroom.
Strategic Theme 4: Advance Social Justice
We will work authentically and ethically to create an inclusive and socially just
learning environment for all members of the Northwestern University community.
Strategic Theme 5: Foster Purposeful Partnerships
We will collaborate with our Student Affairs colleagues, students, faculty colleagues,
alumni, departments, and divisions outside of Student Affairs.
Strategic Theme 6: Optimize Resources
We will continually look for opportunities to attract, align, and maximize
resources, and to use them wisely and effectively to improve programs, services,
and facilities for students and to strengthen our infrastructure and technology.
Achieving social justice is both a process and a
goal. "The goal of social justice education is full and
equal participation of all groups in a society that is
mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice
includes a vision of society that is equitable and all
members are physically and psychologically safe
and secure."
Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice:
A Sourcebook. Edited by Maurianne
Adams, Lee Anne Bell, and Pat Griffin.
Inclusive Excellence
A focus on student, faculty and
staff, intellectual and social
Purposeful development and
utilization of organizational
resources to enhance student
Attention to difference and the
value it adds to the academy.
A welcoming community that
engages all of its diversity in the
service of student and
organizational learning.
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Emergence of a New Model of
Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs
Organizations (MCSAO)
Dr. Lacretia Johnson Flash
Organizational Culture of Commitment, Encouragement, &
Support for Multicultural Engagement
Peer/Colleague Influence, Behaviors, & Expectations
Clear & Coherent Multicultural Organizational Mission
Focus on Gender Identity and Expression, and Sexual Orientation
Provision of Multiculturally Inclusive Services
Support for & Creation of Diversity/Multicultural Programming and Events
Incorporation of Multiculturalism in Strategic & Formal Organizational Practice
Multicultural Recruitment Practices
History, Present,
Future, Dynamics
Who am I?
What am I carrying ?
How does it impact my relationships,
my decisions, and intentions
What are you experiencing?
Courage and Commitment
Intent and Impact
Shifting Status Quo
Cycle of Inclusion
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7 Tips for Engaging The Value and Strategic
Theme of Social Justice
Create a climate of authentic
engagement about this
strategic theme.
Get clear why this theme
matters to your area.
Begin with exploring and
defining what social justice
looks like in your area.
Decide on a particular focus
content area.
Decide on a particular
functional area or program.
Look for best practices and
opportunities to collaborate.
Remember your to tie everything
to your vision, mission, values and
guiding principles.
Rev. Jamie Washington, M.Div.,Ph.D.
President and Senior Consultant
Founding Faculty: Social Justice Training Institute
410 655 9556
[email protected]
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