The UToledo Office of Diversity and Inclusion has created a website dedicated to racial equity to serve as a resource for faculty, staff and students.
“One of the core values of The University of Toledo is diversity,” said Malaika Bell, program manager in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “It is not enough, however, to state that we value diversity. We must also strive toward an inclusive and equitable campus environment.”
The racial equity webpage will further that mission by serving as a resource for campus community members.
The site offers a comprehensive racial lexicon to make sure everyone is on the same page with frequently used words and phrases.
“As a campus of higher education, we must come to a shared understanding on how these common terms should be used,” Bell said. “This list will help us continue the conversation by ensuring the quality of the dialogue on race is strengthened.”
A faculty toolkit features links to articles, podcasts, videos, films, TV shows, books, organizations and other resources.
“This toolkit will give faculty members information they need to better understand the University’s dedication to anti-racism and demonstrate the opportunities for growth and change in our diverse and inclusive institution,” Bell said.
In addition, racial equity trainings will be available. The first course is titled Getting Comfortable With Talking About Race. Once employees complete three modules, they will become a diversity ambassador and receive a sticker to display.
“The diversity ambassador sticker shows students and colleagues you are someone they can turn to for support and understanding with issues related to racism,” Bell said.
Bell invites faculty, staff and students to check out the racial equity webpage to see the resources that are available.
“We will continue to update and enhance this site to reflect our ever-changing world,” Bell said.
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