Advancing the O’Neill School’s mission to lead for the greater good
At the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, we actively strive to cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni engage in scholarship, teaching, and professional practice to enhance democracy, increase trust in public institutions, address issues of systematic inequality, secure public health and safety, and improve the well-being of individuals, families, communities, and the environment.
As the premier school of public and environmental affairs in the world, the O’Neill School recognizes that identifying solutions to complex and intersectional issues requires the inclusion of diverse voices. We aim to respect and elevate the voices of all community members, whose diverse perspectives span the dimensions of race and ethnicity, national origin, culture, and language; gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and marital status; religion and political perspective; age; disability status; veteran status; and socioeconomic status. The O’Neill School values the engagement of all faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members in these endeavors.
Creating change with the O’Neill School by opening doors and opening minds.
Advocating to elevate voices, challenge perspectives, and transform the culture of the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
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DEI at ONeill
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office, also known as the DEI office at the Paul O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs celebrates you.
You whose diverse perspectives span the dimensions of race; ethnicity; national origin; culture and language; gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and marital status; religion and political perspective; age; disability status; veteran status; and socioeconomic status.
In our office, we advocate to elevate voices, challenge perspectives,
and transform the culture of the O'Neill School.
Though it's not easy, we use the engagement of all faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members in all of our efforts.
The DEI office provides and creates programs and trainings, continually works on recruitment efforts, and has a grievance system designed to support all incident biases.
Our annual Diversity Summit hosts over 300 individuals across the nation to increase the awareness of how we create sustainable change with our commitment to DEI.
We also have a certificate of completion DEI seminar series that elaborates on how to create transformational change within institutions.
As we lead for the greater good, the DEI office highlights our faculty, staff, students, and alumni through our Wake Up Monday initiative. Every Monday, we post an individual who we would like to highlight and celebrate for their great works.
The DEI office is committed to creating change with the O'Neill School
by opening doors and opening minds.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Highlights
In the 2019-2020 academic year, the O’Neill School made progress on the following activities that were identified for action within our 2019 Diversity strategic plan.
- Published the booklet, “The First Steps: A Guide for Elevating Voices, Challenging Perspectives, and Transforming Cultures”
- Distributed best practices and presentation guidelines for accessibility
- Creation of the Diversity Ambassadors Program, a volunteer opportunity for students to support DEI efforts and programs
- Reviewed curriculum materials within the Master of Science in Healthcare Management, ensuring classes within the program include substantial material reflecting diverse backgrounds
- Assisted the Masters Programming Office in diversity-focused recruitment events
- Visited HBCUs to establish strategic partnerships and open lines of communication between IU and identified institutions
- Continued the “Diverse Conversations” series, which brought all of the culture center directors into the O’Neill School to increase the sense of belonging for minoritized populations
- Expanded onboarding of new hires to include introduction to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and related events and training
2020-21 Planned Initiatives
Based on feedback, discussions, and input from students, alumni, faculty and staff, this academic year we will implement the following action items:
- Expand the capacity of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by hiring an assistant director
- Convene the inaugural DEI Summit that highlights faculty, staff, student, and alumni contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion on November 6-7
- Continue to support Students for Equity in Public Affairs, a student-led organization focused on issues of race, equity, and social justice
- Create an annual award for an O'Neill IUB student for exceptional contributions toward social justice
- Develop and implement an annual survey or assessment of organizational climate and culture
- Implement a formal grievance process for students
- Create regular opportunities where students can share their views
- Revise our undergraduate curriculum to fully implement the Diversity in the United States shared goal for all of our degrees and majors
- Increase efforts to support and promote research by faculty and students that studies the effects of policies and administrative practices on racism, discrimination, and their impacts on individuals and communities
- Host an end-of-the-year celebration, in which the efforts of current students from both O’Neill School locations will be celebrated