Elliott School meets more than half of diversity action plan goals for academic year

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Kylie Stamm, the diversity program manager at the Elliott School, said officials spearheaded initiatives like focus groups with students of color that meet the plan's four diversity, inclusion and equity goals.

Elliott School of International Affairs officials said they are more than halfway through implementing their annual diversity action plan for the 2020-21 academic year.

Kylie Stamm, the diversity program manager at the Elliott School, said 65 percent of the strategies in this year’s diversity action plan were completed by the end of the academic year with the remainder to be completed over the summer. She said officials launched initiatives, like focus groups with students of color  and the inaugural Inclusive Excellence Week event series, that meet the plan’s four goals of increasing diversity, inclusion and equity in the school.

“Each year the school and Council identifies a different set of strategies and priorities in alignment with the goals, and oftentimes the initiatives build upon strategies from the previous year to further the larger goals,” Stamm said in an email Wednesday. “We continue to develop more strategies as we receive support from colleagues and students across the school through our Council on Diversity and Inclusion and active working groups.”

Elliott School officials first launched the annual diversity action plan in the 2019-20 academic year to improve diversity and inclusion at both the Elliott School and the University as a whole.

Stamm said the action plan, which is mainly implemented by the school’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Council on Diversity and Inclusion, will continue to implement projects over the summer, like the school’s Public Service Weekend scheduled for the end of July. She said any strategies that are still in progress by the end of summer will roll into next year’s action plan.

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