Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equity Charge
The Committee on Diversity and Equity is responsible for ensuring, promoting, facilitating,
and monitoring diversity and equity opportunities at Marquette University. Its business
may be initiated by the UAS, the Provost, other UAS bodies, individual faculty, academic
staff, or undergraduate, graduate, or professional students.
The Committee on Diversity and Equity defines the terms diversity and equity in the
- Diversity refers to the experience of each member of the University community; with
the understanding that each individual possesses unique social identities and that
some of these social identities can intersect. Our commitment to diversity also includes
cultivation of a climate that respects and values individual differences. Thus, the
principles of diversity and inclusion refer to characteristics of each social identity*
(including the intersection of multiple identities) as well as systemic factors that
lead to an inclusive community and environment.
- Equity is the full embrace of equality and fairness. The term equality is defined
to mean that an individual should receive fair and similar treatment within a given
community. Fairness means just treatment of all persons within the University community
with an acknowledgment that persons with certain social identities have historically
been oppressed within society. Therefore it is important to recognize that personal,
cultural, institutional, and organizational discrimination and stigmatization along
social identities creates and sustains privileges for some while creating and sustaining
oppression for others. Further, the Marquette University community embraces the ethic
of cura personalis, and shares a commitment to moving beyond tolerance to embracing
*Note: In keeping with Marquette University’s Catholic Jesuit mission and with respect
for all individuals, social identity is meant to be inclusive. Examples include but
are not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, immigrant status, gender, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical ability, cognitive ability, mental
illness, religious beliefs, physical appearance, income or economic background, military
status, geographic location, marital status, education, parental status.
- Promotes diversity and equity opportunities at Marquette University. The term promote
includes but is not limited to the following activities: building alliances across
social identities; instilling values and providing tools that enable members of the
University community to work together to eradicate all forms of individual and institutional
discrimination and oppression; practicing mutual respect for social identities; and
exploring differences and similarities in a safe and nurturing environment.
- Ensures that diversity and equity opportunities are available at Marquette University.
The term ensure includes but is not limited to the following activities: supporting
and planning ongoing activities related to diversity and equity; facilitating analysis
of gaps, needs and opportunities.
- Monitors diversity and equity opportunities at Marquette University. The term monitor
includes but is not limited to the following activities: synthesis and critical analysis
of reports related to faculty hiring, retention, promotion, and salary.
- Provides an annual report to the University Academic Senate.
- The Committee may: Undertake campus-wide assessment of diversity or equity, as directed
by the President of the University, or other university official. The term assessment
includes but is not limited to the following activities: collaboration with administration
to obtain the data necessary to analyze and report comparisons with prior data and
internal and external benchmarks.
Membership: Includes six faculty members representing a broad range of disciplines
and two participating faculty members, one from the library and one adjunct. All members
are appointed by the Provost with recommendations offered by the committee. The Marquette
University Student Government will select one undergraduate student and the Graduate
Student Association will select one graduate student and one professional student
to serve on the Committee. The Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, the
Director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and the Ombudsman will be ex-officio
members of the Committee. Voting members are appointed for three-year terms. The chair
is a faculty member elected by the members of the Committee. Student member responsibilities
only include those responsibilities outlined in UAS statutes Section 1.04, “1” and