Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for Campus Life and Student Services, announced the administration’s plans to promote discussions about diversity across campus in an e-mail on Wednesday. The plans come after students raised concern over the lack of dialogue surrounding diversity on campus when a Facebook page titled “Politically Incorrect UChicago Confessions” surfaced last week.
The administration has taken immediate steps to focus on diversity by setting up a talk with civil rights activist Tim Wise on May 6, which will be followed by several small group discussions on race relations. According to the e-mail, a broader program “to bring more visibility to diversity-related topics” will be announced at the beginning of May.
Additionally, Warren Coleman said that a Vice President’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion would be created immediately “to engage students on issues of diversity and the student experience.”
Warren Coleman said the University will establish a fund to finance diversity-related programming and that the administration would create a commission to judge the success of these efforts during the summer.