The University of Mississippi is committed to being a leader and paving the way for diversity and inclusion for our university, our state, and the nation. The university’s history regarding race provides not only a larger responsibility for providing leadership on race issues, but also a larger opportunity; we have a unique responsibility to learn from the past to lead into the future.
The university’s success in improving diversity within the faculty and student body has been dramatic, and yet there is more to do. In 2014, under the leadership of then-chancellor Dan Jones, guided by recommendations from the 2013 expanded Sensitivity and Respect Committee, the university began an earnest and hard look at how to address race and related issues, as well as how to make our campuses more welcoming and inclusive. The result was the 2014 Action Plan.
The 2016 action plan update outlines the progress and actions the University has made in shaping a stronger and healthier university, bringing UM closer to the goal of being a welcoming place for every person every day, regardless of race, religious preference, country of origin, ability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or gender expression.
Below are summaries of the six recommendations in the 2016 action plan update. Click “Read More” to view the 2016 action plan update in its entirety.