Cross-Institutional Working Groups

Cross-institutional working groups are a valuable tool for gathering input, providing feedback for administrative decisions, enhancing campus climate and addressing community concerns. Working groups are created (in partnership with other relevant offices) when:

  • There are indications of a cross-institutional climate or other diversity, equity and inclusion-related issue that would benefit from group assessment;
  • There are benefits to gathering input in a structured way that takes advantage of diverse perspectives and expertise;
  • There are opportunities to share information across functions, educate and build allies; and
  • It is useful to create a sense of shared accountability.

Examples of working groups

Jewish Experience Working Group (2024)

  • Collection and review of data related to campus climate for Jewish students, faculty and staff
  • Review and recommendations related to educational programming and professional development on Jewish identity and antisemitism
  • Consideration of communication strategies to improve transparency and accuracy of perceptions related to the Jewish experience and antisemitism on campus

Transgender/Non-Binary Working Group (2015-2020; 2024):

  • Systems updates regarding gender identity and preferred name data
  • Updating of University policies and job descriptions to use gender-inclusive language
  • Conversion of single-stall lockable bathrooms to gender-inclusive and creation of gender-inclusive athletics changing rooms
  • Adjustments to undergraduate housing policy
  • Updates to staff and student benefit options

Native and Indigenous Working Group (2021-present):

  • Creation of Native American student affinity space
  • Guidance regarding land acknowledgements
  • Creation of historical marker
  • Interactions with federal and state-recognized Lenape tribes
  • Site visits to peer institutions
  • Exploring data considerations such as enrolled tribal citizen status

Asian and Asian American Faculty Experience (2021-2023):

  • Convened listening sessions
  • Development of resources about foreign influence
  • Organized educational webinars and piloted professional development workshops with administrative and academic units