Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Life and Associate Provost on Resources and Action Steps Addressing Bias

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TO: Students, Faculty and Staff

FROM: Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Life and Associate Provost

RE: Resources and Action Steps Addressing Bias

As indicated in Dr. Reed’s message, I am writing to provide an update regarding resources and action steps underway as we collectively work to address issues of bias and incivility, and endeavor to become more inclusive. All students, faculty and staff deserve to live, work, attend classes and activities in a community that respects individuals and is accepting of the diversity of our backgrounds, values and beliefs.
If any member of the SJU community experiences bias, harassment or other acts of discrimination, the following is a list of resources:
Title IX/Bias Response Coordinator: Dr. Mary Elaine Perry, Campion 243E, 610-660-1145
Bias Incident Reporting (includes links to other resources): https://www.sju.edu/bias
Public Safety & Security: Barbelin Hall 13, 610-660-1111
Center for Inclusion and Diversity: Campion 213
External:
Philadelphia Police Department: 911
Lower Merion Police Department: 215-649-1000
Dr. Perry is the point person for assisting with accessing a variety of on and off campus resources.
I also want to update you on a number of initiatives underway to address issues of bias and promote inclusion and diversity.
  • Perry, in her role as Title IX/Bias Response Coordinator, will convene a group to review our bias response and related communication. This group will share findings toward the beginning of the spring semester. In the meantime, a number of safeguards have been put into place.
  • Dr. Kim Allen-Stuck, in her role supervising the departments in the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, will assemble a working group to enhance the education and training related to understanding and addressing bias. Although this work will be ongoing, a number of programs will be in place for the start of the spring semester. Currently, several programs are listed on the OID website, www.sju.edu/oid, with more to come.
  • The President’s Council on Inclusion and Diversity, chaired by Dr. Janée Burkhalter, in addition to being informed by the recently concluded climate study, will make recommendations to address systemic challenges regarding bias as they work on the Inclusive Excellence Blueprint.
  • The work for inclusion extends to policies and practices that are inclusive of the Trans community. The Trans Inclusion committee, chaired by Dr. Chris Heasley, will continue to work to address issues of housing, all gender bathrooms and preferred name in student records.
  • I also point you to the upcoming #BeCivil campaign by the University Student Senate. The campaign is designed to work with student groups and campus partners to provide awareness and engage students in constructive and respectful dialogue with one another on a variety of issues – politics, equity, and all aspects of life. It emphasizes a common sense of belonging and similarities, while recognizing differences in a respectful manner.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all that the University is doing or must do in order to be true to our mission, which calls us to be “an inclusive and diverse community that educates and cares for the whole person.” I hope all members of the community join in these and other efforts.