In an effort to continue the University of Denver’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence, the Associate Provost with support from the Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Pioneer Leadership Program, and Student Life, hosted Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon and Dominic Alpuche from the Center for Urban Education in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California on Thursday, March 1.
Dr. Bensimon engaged with members of the Provost staff and the Academic Priorities Team, gave a public lecture to the DU community, had lunch with students and faculty from the Higher Education program, and provided a training to faculty and staff from the Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Pioneer Leadership Program, and Student Life.
The one-day visit provided an opportunity to expose the DU community to The Equity Scorecard™ as a means to assist the DU community in facilitating institutional change as it relates to student experiences and learning outcomes.
The Equity Scorecard™ is both a process and a data tool. As a process, it combines a theoretical framework with practical strategies to initiate institutional change that will lead to equitable outcomes for students of color. The Scorecard calls for the engagement of individuals from different departments and divisions across the institution to formulate an evidence team to investigate campus data, practices and policies through a five-phase process. Near the conclusion of the process, the team will complete a Scorecard to capture the results of its investigations. (University of Southern California, 2012)
As a result of Dr. Bensimon's visit, the Center for Multicultural Excellence has applied for a technical assistance grant from the Denver Foundation to support bringing The Equity Scorecard™ to the University of Denver for a two-year process to assist in the begin implementing the second phase of the university's strategic plan on inclusive excellence.
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