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Advancing Racial Equity Strategic Planning: LAS Resource Guide

As stated by the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, the goal of the ARE is to establish a “clear vision” for advancing racial equity in your unit. Strategic plans are typically considered multi-year: long-term goals of what you hope to achieve in the next 2-3 years supported by short-term goals 6-12 months. In other words, the stated goals of a strategic plan should be long-term with incremental assessments, strategies, policy implementation, and programming that facilitate the reaching of your unit’s goals and vision.

As stated in the instructions sent by the Office of Diversity, each unit uploads the final version of the ARE Strategic Plan to the UIC Box established for this purpose with a NEW deadline of December 15, 2021.  As requested by the Office of Diversity, the College will then summarize the highlights of the units’ strategic plans and send a comprehensive College document for reporting purposes to Campus by March 15, 2022.  Our understanding is that the Office of Diversity, through the College, will request an update on the progress or, if appropriate, a revision of each of the unit’s ARE Strategic Plan on a yearly basis.

If you would like the College’s feedback before the December 15 submission deadline, please send Kathy Lesinski ( your unit’s draft of the ARE Strategic Plan Template, preferably by November 1, 2021 but no later than November 23, 2021.

Each unit is asked to include a menu of actions, policies, programs, and initiatives it believes will move forward its stated goals towards racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. Altogether, the objective is to self-design a framework that aims to create or expand a palpable culture of equity and inclusion in the classroom and beyond for your unit, promoting an increase in the recruitment, retention, academic success, and sense of belonging of our minoritized student body, faculty, and staff.

In what follows, we provide information that may help your unit in the process of developing its ARE Strategic Plan. The aim is to offer a general outline that units may consider, tailor, and change according to their present context and identified needs. We ask that you propose a strategic plan that, while aspirational and ambitious, is coherent with the existing resources (both regarding staff and budget) of your unit and the college.

Additionally, The Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity has provided a robust menu of resources, numerous examples of strategic plans completed at other institutions, and an FAQ section for your review.  

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Rosilie Hernández, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Marisol Mastrangelo, Director for Student Success and Retention Initiatives

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