AAG Survey on Diversity Strategies and Challenges in Geography Departments

1. Strategies for Enhancing Diversity

 
Please consider each of the following strategies for enhancing diversity, promoting inclusion, and/or broadening participation in higher education. Indicate your familiarity with each one in the most appropriate column.
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1. Please choose the best answer:
This strategy has enhanced diversity in our department/programResults toward enhancing diversity cannot be attributed to applying this strategy in our department/programWe do not use this strategy / Not applicableI am not aware of this strategy to enhance diversity
Develop a departmental level diversity recruitment plan
Seek advice and/or referrals from current students or faculty of underrepresented groups; use personal or informal networks
Showcase inclusion in your program level publicity (e.g. departmental website)
Incorporate diversity messages in particular recruitment announcements of program position openings (e.g. Equal Opportunity Employer)
Use specialized Diversity Job Boards, Advertizing Agencies, Magazines, Social Networking Sites, etc. to publicize program or openings
Hold department-specific specialized recruitment events, fairs, career conferences, etc. for prospective underrepresented students
Participate in university recruitment events, fairs, career center activities for prospective underrepresented students
Engage with professional association networks, directories, conferences, listservs, etc. to recruit underrepresented students or faculty
Include courses in the program's curriculum to attract underrepresented students' interests (e.g. social justice, GIS, gender, ethnic studies)
Offer service learning courses or projects to engage with underrepresented students' interests
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2. Please choose the best answer:
This strategy has enhanced diversity in our department/programResults toward enhancing diversity cannot be attributed to applying this strategy in our department/programWe do not use this strategy / Not applicableI am not aware of this strategy to enhance diversity
Recruit nonmajor underrepresented students from general education courses or introductory human or physical geography courses
Create or engage with partnerships with high schools from the department or program level
Create or engage with partnerships with community colleges from the department or program level
Create or engage with partnerships with Historically Black College or Universities at the department or program level
Create or engage with partnerships with Hispanic-Serving Institutions at the department or program level
Create or engage with partnerships with Tribal Colleges at the department or program level
Form strategic partnerships with community organizations that serve diverse populations to increase visibility
Adhere to university level affirmative action policies or other requirements from administration to include minorities in applicant pools
Establish departmental committees, groups, or student clubs for women, minorities, or other underrepresented groups
Participate at the department level in organizing or promoting university wide social events, residence hall activities, or campus fairs
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3. Please choose the best answer:
This strategy has enhanced diversity in our department/programResults toward enhancing diversity cannot be attributed to applying this strategy in our department/programWe do not use this strategy / Not applicableI am not aware of this strategy to enhance diversity
Provide mentoring or leadership training for women or underrepresented students
Offer specialized teaching or research support or fellowships for women or underrepresented faculty
Provide diversity training within the department or attend university sponsored diversity training events / programs
Hold or attend special workshops, seminars, brown bags, or invited speakers on promoting inclusion or improving departmental climate
Offer progressive child care policy or parental leave and/or facilities or childcare provision
Arrange services for faculty or students with disabilities or who become disabled
Conduct activities of any kind that ensures faculty and students are welcomed regardless of their sexual orientation
Promote or use university offices / administered programs in diversity such as Office of Multicultural Affairs, etc.
Encourage departmental participation in university committees on diversity or inclusion
Monitor and review progress toward diversity in the department using metrics, surveys, focus groups, evaluations, etc.
Create or engage with diverse alumni graduated from the department around mentoring, networking, advising, or other priorities.
4. What do you see as the greatest challenge or obstacle in recruiting minority students in your department or program?
5. What do you see as the greatest challenge or obstacle in retaining minority students in your department or program?
6. What do you see as the greatest challenge or obstacle in recruiting minority faculty in your department or program?
7. What do you see as the greatest challenge or obstacle in retaining minority faculty in your department or program?
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