Office of Institutional Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement
Data - Dialogue - Discovery
The Office of Institutional Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement collaborates with campus and community leaders to build and maintain a culture that reflects the unique intellectual, experiential and cultural contributions of all individuals while using the methodology of data, dialogue and discovery to minimize or eliminate systemic and/or behavioral harms to achieve more equitable outcomes.
With particular emphasis on historically marginalized or underrepresented populations, the OIEIE is a “data hub” for these populations at USC Upstate across all university metrics connected to engagement, satisfaction and wellness of underrepresented populations.
The OIEIE serves as a key resource for campus and community leaders to learn how to use data to inform equitable policy construction, implement inclusive practices to empower collaboration, promote mindful choice-making and create new ways to approach persistent challenges to minimize harms and foster an inclusive campus community and community at large.
Minimization of harms that threaten campus learning and working environments as well as the broader regional community in the Upstate of South Carolina is the ultimate goal. The Office’s strategic objectives (below) focus on gathering information (various sources including faculty-based public scholarship, survey, interview, observation, national, regional, local data sets, etc.) to establish what harms or opportunities are uncovered in the data and using inclusive dialogue and consultation, foster innovation to discover more equitable outcomes.
- Implementation and maintenance of academic and internal policy/procedural reviews in support of minimizing harm to achieve equitable outcomes and redress grievances/incidents based in unlawful discriminatory conduct.
- Operationalize a centralized point of service for a systemic approach to data collection and analysis focused on historically underrepresented populations in eight (8) key areas: satisfaction, engagement, wellness, educational attainment, supplier diversity, campus climate, retention, talent acquisition.
- Build a shared knowledge base and vocabulary that enhance the university’s commitment to our core values (Impact Agenda: wellness, equity and civility)
- Use inclusive practices, dialogue and collaboration to confront inequities facing underrepresented populations highlighted in data.
- Enhance the presence of diverse and historically underrepresented populations across the campus community.
To operationalize its internal focus OIEIE provides leadership/thought partnership through data, dialogue and discovery in the following ways:
- Data collection and analysis to determine gaps in achieving equitable university scorecard goals ( with tools such as the campus climate survey, equity audit inventory, etc.)
- Publication, maintenance and monitoring of appropriate grievance/complaint procedures across the university
- Collaborating with campus leaders to review university and unit-based policy and protocols so as to produce more equitable outcomes for historically underrepresented populations
- Working with campus leaders to implement strategies that minimize harms captured in data within their specific units or across campus
- Diversity and inclusion consultation services with campus leaders including equity audits, long term strategic planning, working with diverse teams
- Analysis of established retention data sets (IPEDS, NSC, Presence) recruitment data, employee/student engagement/satisfaction survey data, satisfaction data, support services survey to accomplish university scorecard goals.
- Oversight of all professional development/training efforts related to harassment and discrimination prevention, multicultural competence, long-term diversity planning, bias reduction, talent acquisition and search committee training
- Promotion and maintenance of university wide efforts that recognize, reward and highlight voice to improve campus perceptions among underrepresented populations (employee resource groups, gatherings, open dialogues, initiatives)
- Targeted storytelling and building the vocabulary/knowledge base through comprehensive web presence, communication collateral to promote our shared core values and enhance the presence of underrepresented populations (e.g. grant initiatives, affinity month promotion, featured podcasts, annual report, featured faculty scholarship)
To operationalize its external focus, OIEIE provides leadership through data, dialogue and discovery. By utilizing strategic consultation and training opportunities to connect with external partners, OIEIE seeks to achieve equitable community outcomes in alignment with six key regional drivers: environmental impact, regional livability, health and wellness, education, social and economic inequity, and civic participation.