Dear students, faculty and staff,
Earlier this semester, we launched our new five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion called “Pathways to Equity.” Many of you attended the Diversity Summit, where the plan was unveiled. I’m grateful for your attendance and your ongoing commitment to our pursuit of an equitable living, learning and working environment for all.
As members of our campus community, please take time to read the plan and engage with those in your area who can help you learn more about your role in advancing the goals of the plan. Every college, school and administrative division is developing plans for their respective areas, so there are ample opportunities for continued involvement and input.
As an institution of higher education, we are committed to providing a world-class education and opportunities that are open, accessible and affordable. “Pathways to Equity” serves as a foundation for how we further embrace this institutional responsibility. It offers a roadmap to address challenges and disparate outcomes at all levels of our campus community so we can ensure that everyone can participate fully and thrive at the University of Mississippi.
We can all take pride in how “Pathways to Equity” is action-based, driven by a commitment to equity, data-driven and reflects best practices. A fundamental aspect of the plan is how it was developed to address equity and diversity at the university level as well as within schools, colleges and administrative units.
I’d like to thank those who helped make this plan a reality, especially Dr. Shawnboda Mead and the dedicated team within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Their work will have a significant impact on how we foster a stronger university climate that goes further in valuing every individual and promoting respect. “Pathways to Equity” will help us make positive and lasting change so all are able to thrive intellectually, socially and culturally.
Glenn F. Boyce