Mission of Diversity Action Council
The UAA Diversity Action Council (DAC) resolves to nurture an environment where the diverse cultures and beliefs of all people are acknowledged, diversity is respected, and all people are valued.
As a resource committee to the Chancellor, the Diversity Action Council is charged
with developing a diversity action plan that includes specific action steps to support
UAA goals, and to advise and recommend to the Chancellor courses of action that addresses
campus-wide diversity issues and that create an inclusive and respectful campus environment.
During the 2016-17 academic year, the DAC assisted and supported the completion of the Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). One of the DIAP recommendations called for the reorganization, revision and re-mission of the DAC, which the Chancellor has asked be implemented during the 2017-18 academic year. Therefore, during the 2017-18 academic year, the DAC will pause its regular meetings to allow the implementation team the ability to focus on designing the future state of the DAC.
In order to continue to support diverse and inclusive campus events and student efforts, a smaller DAC committee will review and approve DAC funding request and raise campus-wide awareness of the fund and the impacts of the funded projects.
Another smaller DAC committee will coordinate the DAC Student Diversity Award program, which recognizes student contributions that have significantly enhanced diversity by:
- increasing visibility of diverse people, cultures and/or perspectives;
- creating a welcoming environment; and/or
- representing diverse student voices through advocacy and participation in UAA student organizations.