Diversity Initiatives

The Diversity and Cultural Inclusion Council (DCIC) is a team of faculty and staff members from different areas of the college committed to helping Columbus State fully embrace diversity, inclusion and expand our collective cultural competency.  

The work of the Diversity and Cultural Inclusion Council (DCIC) will occur in three phases:

Phase 1: The Council's first task was to launch of the Diversity & Inclusion Survey in partnership with Performance Consulting Services. This survey opened to Columbus State employees and students April 16 – May 8, 2015 and is providing the Council and Executive Staff with important data about our campus climate and cultural competence.

Phase 2: After analyzing the data collected from the survey DCIC will take a "deeper dive" through focus groups. Final recommendations will be sent to Cabinet (Autumn 2016) for the creation of a Diversity Action Plan, which will complement the college's current strategies and will serve as a guide for maintaining culturally competent values, knowledge, practices, policies, and systems.

Phase 3: The Council will remain a standing group, overseeing the implementation and assessment of the action plan as well as providing a continued focus on cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion for the college.

By 2016, Columbus State has implemented several Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.  The initiatives include: Diversity Peer Educators, MAN Initiative, and Women's Connection.  

Update for 2017

Women’s Connection Leadership Program & Male Access Network Initiative (M.A.N. Initiative) 

The Male Access Network (M.A.N.) Initiative and Women’s Connection are two cohort based student engagement and mentorship programs sponsored by the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center (GDIC). M.A.N. Initiative was launched in 2009 with an emphasis on reducing achievement gaps & improving completion rates amongst minority males through peer interactions, mentorship, and skill development. After continuous development and evaluation between 2009 and 2012 it was determined the best strategy for retaining an active cohort of participants should include a monetary incentive. In 2012, M.A.N. Initiative began receiving $25,000 in annual funding for scholarships. Between 2012 and spring 2016 actively engaged M.A.N. Initiative participants received a $250 scholarship in autumn and spring semesters. In Spring 2016, a college wide report revealed a reduction in achievement gaps at Columbus State, thanks to a number of student success projects like the M.A.N. Initiative.

After receiving many requests from students and employees for a comparable women’s group; GDIC launched the Women’s Connection as a pilot program in spring 2014 to foster character building, leadership development, as well as personal, intellectual and relational growth amongst female identifying students at Columbus State. Women’s Connection provides opportunities for participants to engage peers and mentors through the use of core group meetings and socials. Members of Women’s Connection also participate in the annual Women’s Leadership Conference during the spring semester. Women’s Connection began with 35 student participants and 18 faculty and staff mentors during the spring 2015 pilot semester. By spring 2017 the program has grown to include 62 students and 53 mentors.

Impact

Both M.A.N. Initiative and Women’s Connection have had a measurable impact on participants. Students who have participated in either program have demonstrated higher rates of persistence, completion, credits completed, and grade point average (see chart below). These results are not surprising as both programs include key design principles, as determined by CCCSE, for student success including fostering a strong start, creating clear pathways for success, integrating support, and promoting opportunities for intensive student engagement.

 

ID 16815

To contact this college about this intervention, take note of the ID above, ID #16815, and then fill out the intervention contact request form

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