Diversity Task Force
In November 2007, President Emeritus Long asked Provost Traverso to organize a Diversity Task Force which was composed of faculty members, professional staff and students. The President charged the group with evaluating the campus climate, investigating best practices including initiatives of aspirant institutions, and drafting a comprehensive plan for institutional diversity. He asked the Task Force to reconsider the “moral and ethical” imperative of diversity, the value of diverse perspectives to the delivery of a quality education, and the importance of diversity to the College’s ability to “attract the best faculty and staff and to recruit from the growing pool of students from diverse backgrounds who are seeking access to higher education.”
Moreover, President Emeritus Long’s charge to the Task Force emphasized the importance of lifting up our mission values of “human dignity and social justice” as we develop this plan for the advancement of institutional diversity (Long, 2007).