Office of Institutional Diversity Programming for Fall 2018
Do you want to build an inclusive community and implement long lasting change? Join us!
The Office of Institutional Diversity has several key programs which are consistent with the spirit of the Beneficence Pledge and are designed to foster an inclusive culture on our campus and in our community.
Ball State University's commitment to creating an inclusive culture is reflected in our Beneficence Pledge.
Thoughtful policies and procedures are important forces for breaking down barriers to inclusion, but it is the daily work of individuals that builds community. Relationships build empathy and understanding. We are encouraging the campus community to "Live-Beneficence" with these three initiatives:
1. "Live-Beneficence" Pledge Events - Sign the pledge. Join us in locations across campus to learn more.
Tuesday, Sept 18, Scramble Light 1-2:30 pm
Monday, Nov. 5, Atrium, 2:30-4:00 pm
Monday, Dec 3, Student Center 11:30-1:00 pm
2. "I see the Beneficence in You" Watch for opportunities for members of the Ball State community to recognize acts of beneficence in their peers.
3. Join us at our "Better Together -Common Ground” gatherings. Ball State's strength comes from hundreds of individuals working together toward a common goal. Join us for a cup of coffee and a thoughtful conversation with colleagues from all units on campus. Meet someone new, share your story, and learn more about the amazing people who make up our community.
September 25, 9 am Student Center Music Lounge
October 24, 4 pm Student Center Music Lounge
November 16, 8 am Student Center Music Lounge
December 10, 11 am Student Center Music Lounge
Be sure to keep up with diversity related information via the OID weekly Communications Center communication “Diversity This Week.” Each week we invite you to challenge your assumptions and expand your understanding.
Attend our program partner events including a reading with Hanif Abdurraqib, a powerful poet and journalist as part of the Marilyn K. Cory Lecture Series in the Department of English and a performance with Sharon Ammen on October 16th with the Department of Theatre and Dance. More information will be posted on the OID webpage.
Join a reading group. This semester we will be reading “What Does it Mean to be White? Developing White Racial Literacy” by Robin DiAngelo. Sign up at OID@bsu.edu. Times and locations TBA based on participant availability.
Work for Change
Diversity Plans and Curriculum Audits
This year departments and units will be invited to revisit their diversity plans and curriculum. Help us by advancing these conversation for greater recognition of the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Equity Task Force
Our Equity Task Force works to bring diverse groups together to work together to address shared concerns as well as build community within specific affinity groups.
Join an affinity group. Affinity groups connect people who have common interests or goals for networking, professional development, fostering community, and expanding cultural awareness. Our first meeting will be as part of the Common Ground event on September 25, 9 am, Student Center Music Lounge.
Training & Dialogue
We have access to many training and workshops that we can bring to units including ones on implicit bias, bullying, hiring for inclusion, living beneficence, cross-cultural communication, mediation, and more. Do you have a workshop that you can add? Let us know!
Exploring the Governance Structure
Join a working group conversation about how the BSU governance structure works and how we might increase under-represented voices in decision making processes. Initial meeting September 12, 12-1pm TC 409.
Diversity Associates Program
This mentoring program supports faculty in the areas of scholarship, inclusive pedagogy, immersive learning and undergraduate research, diversity dialogue workshops, and grants. Watch for submission guidelines coming soon.
Let’s keep diversity, equity, and inclusion a forethought…not an afterthought.
For more information please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at email@example.com
OID is pleased to have Paris McCurdy, join our team as the Director of Community Diversity Initiatives. Paris will be overseeing partnerships and sponsorships between the University, its departments, and the greater community. Paris will also internally coordinate activities between the Office of Institution Diversity, the Office of Community Engagement, the University Foundation and other university offices that focus on community engagement, providing leadership for the development and implementation of an overall strategic university Community Relations Plan for Ball State. Paris has an extensive background in community development, has built partnerships with the Detroit mayor’s office, police department, neighborhood service organizations and local businesses to connect each area to the community. Paris is an alumnus of Ball State University, and we are excited to welcome Paris back into the community with high hopes for his impact and passion for this position. Read the Office of Institutional Diversity - Community Diversity Initiatives Here
Distinguished Fellow for the Office of Institutional Diversity
Greg Fehribach earned both is undergraduate and Masters of Arts degrees at Ball State University. While at Ball State, Greg made history as the first student with a disability to be elected student body president. Greg founded The Fehribach Group, a company working with industry to promote universal design in 1995.
A graduate of Ohio Northern University’s Petit College of Law, Greg has practiced law since 1968. Greg participated in the development of the American with Disabilities Act, speaking before Congress as an Indiana Attorney. He is currently affiliated with Indianapolis law firm Doninger Tuohy & Bailey LLP and most recently has accepted the position of Distinguished Fellow for the Office of Institutional Diversity.
Greg was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Award at the 2017 Champions of Diversity award ceremony hosted by the Indiana Minority Business Magazine, in conjunction with the Indiana Recorder. The Champions of Diversity event recognizes individuals and organizations committed to promoting inclusion and equality. Ball State has always been at the forefront of providing access and inclusion for minority groups and this recognition further exemplifies Ball State’s dedication to equality. Greg was nominated through Eskenazi Health for his work on the Internship for Empowerment and Economic Independence and Ball State’s Disability Project. Please see this link for more information.
By order of President Obama, on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 Greg was sworn in as a member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board. The Access Board is an independent federal agency that promotes accessible design and develops accessibility guidelines and standards for people with disabilities. Greg’s time at Ball State, both as a student and a Distinguished Fellow in the Office of Institutional Diversity, laid the groundwork to expect this level of inclusion from all institutions. He is grateful that Ball State afforded him the preparation to serve the country. Learn more about the Access Board by clicking this link and can read the President’s appointment by clicking this link.
Gender Equity Task Force
The Gender Equity Task Force recommendation to the University Senate for an enhanced sick leave policy was approved by the Ball State University Board of Trustees May 6, 2016
“Employees may now use more of their designated sick days either to care for an ill family member or to help facilitate a new adoption or foster placement in the family.”
The Gender Equity Task Force reflects the strategic goal of providing a High-Quality Work-Life Environment for faculty and staff.
Membership in the National Center for Development & Diversity is now open
Visit FacultyDiversity.org to sign up.