By Adam Baker/News writer
Diversity has always been a vital concern for President Joanne Glasser and the University Diversity Committee. The latest project aimed at creating a more varied and welcoming campus for all its members is a campus wide survey.
Sandra Moore, special assistant to the provost for university diversity, explained that in the past surveys of this kind where aimed at certain groups of the campus population. She feels that the new, inclusive survey will help to bring a better understanding of Eastern’s current environment.
“I think that the representation of the University Diversity Committee and also the outstanding support we’ve had from Institutional Research in developing the survey should create a very comprehensive picture of where the university stands as far as campus climate,” Moore said.
Moore said Glasser has “a definite commitment to diversity.”
“…That’s really what makes it beautiful for me to work with her and partner with her in diversity. I feel we have a really good focus on what diversity is about.
“When I think of diversity, I think of bettering the lives, lifestyles, and day to day operation of the entire campus community, inclusive of students,” Moore continued.
Glasser thinks it is important for the student and faculty population to participate in the new online survey.
”By participating in this survey, students have the opportunity to help shape Eastern Kentucky University’s journey to further create, promote and maintain a welcoming, supportive and inclusive community,” she said.
“Students completing the survey will also have an opportunity to enter a raffle drawing for a variety of prizes that will be awarded at the end of the survey period in the spring.”
Moore said the university administration is striving to make the Eastern campus a more diverse community.
“We’re trying. We’re nowhere close based on my goals and objectives. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. One thing to understand is that it’s a university-wide initiative,” she said.
The current campus wide survey is just a branch on the university’s tree of commitment to diversity. Both Moore and Glasser strongly promise to continue to improve the campus climate in every way possible.
“My commitment to inclusiveness, fairness and justice is a part of my life, of who Joanne Glasser is and will always be,” she said.
Other steps being made by Glasser to better the campus climate and promote diversity include the new Joanne Glasser Diversity Scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time this spring.