The 2016-17 Report of the University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate

UCICC Membership 2016-2017

Chair

  • Elizabeth Knapp, Associate Provost

Ex officio

  • Sarah Blythe, Core Faculty, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 2015-2018
  • Elizabeth Knapp, Associate Provost
  • Tamara Futrell, Associate Dean of Students
  • Janine Hathorn, Head of the Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation
  • Mary Main, Executive Director, Human Resources
  • Amy Richwine, Associate Director, International Education
  • Paul Rollins, Associate Dean for Law Administration and Student Affairs
  • Leonard Satterwhite, Associate Dean of Admissions

Faculty Members

  • Mohamed Kamara, Associate Professor of French - 2014-2017
  • Sandra Reiter, Associate Professor of Business Administration - 2014-2017
  • Michelle (Mikki) Brock - 2015-2018
  • Jenefer Davies, Associate Professor of Dance/Theater - 2016-2017

Staff Members

  • David Merchan, Engineer, University Facilities - 2014-2017
  • Mark Craney, General Services Lead, Marketplace, Dining Services - 2015-2018
  • Larry Hinojosa, Sergeant, Shift Supervisor - 2016-2019

Students

  • Bailey Brilley '18U - 2016-2017
  • Rennie Laryea '17L - 2016-2017
  • Elizabeth Mugo '19U - 2016-2017
  • Emily Perszyk '18U - 2016-2017

Committee Charge

The University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate (UCICC) reports to the President and is charged to provide guidance to the President and other members of the university as we build a supportive, inclusive and diverse community and create a climate open and welcoming to persons from diverse backgrounds. The committee represents the views of students, staff, administration, and faculty. It will help the University fulfill its institutional values that stress the importance of the individual and respect for others.

Reporting directly to the President, the committee's specific charge is to:

  1. Produce an annual report on our campus climate, especially with respect to inclusiveness and diversity, that charts the University's progress on key longitudinal measures.
  2. Advise the president on matters related to inclusiveness and campus climate.
  3. Address from time to time particular issues of concern, such as gender or racial relations across campus, through focused study and analysis, and make recommendations to the President for further action by appropriate University officials, committees or administrative bodies.
  4. Provide an institutional platform to address issues of inclusiveness and diversity, in response to concerns within the campus community.

Executive Overview

The University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate (UCICC) was created by President Ruscio in November of 2008. Since then the committee has met throughout each academic year and discussed a variety of issues. This year the committee focused on evaluating the current University Statement of Commitment to Diversity (adopted in 2002) and ultimately deciding to create a new statement. The report will outline those steps in more detail. The annual report also includes other committee activities, longitudinal measures of diversity at Washington and Lee and recommendations to President Dudley during the period covered by this report.

Overview of the Committee's Work in 2015-2016

September 23, 2016 – Discussion of the diversity statement

At or first UCICC meeting of the year, we discussed the current version of the Statement of Commitment to Diversity. This statement was created by a committee formed in 2000 in response to a particular event on campus. Our committee openly discussed how this statement resonates today. The group expressed that the statement seems “defensive”, that it sounds “backward looking” and regressive, and that it creates a “profound sense of otherness”. The current statement is:

Our discussions led us to decide to start over with developing a new statement instead of trying to edit the current one. The committee wanted something more reflective our community today, that is forward looking, active and aspirational.

We chose a representative subgroup of the committee to continue the work in the fall and to return to the committee with proposed new draft language.

Oct – Dec, 2016 - Subcommittee work on diversity statement

The subcommittee was formed from current UCICC membership and included:

  • Bailey Brilley '18
  • Jennifer Davies, Associate Professor of Art
  • Tamara Futrell, Associate Dean of Students
  • Mohamed Kamara, Associate Professor of French
  • Elizabeth Knapp, Associate Provost
  • Rennie Laryea ‘17L
  • Mary Main, Executive Director, Human Resources

The group meet several times in person in October and November, 2016. We gathered the current statements of over 25 top liberal arts colleges, and discussed the tone, language and approach of each. We each crafted our own brief statements and worked to combine them into a draft then shared with the larger committee for discussion.

December 2, 2016 – Discussion of MLK and Lee Jackson Day

The committee discussed the many activities planned for the MLK week celebration on campus. We also discussed the planned CARE parade scheduled for Saturday the 14th of January. As these events are in proximity to the Lee-Jackson events of the same weekend, we discussed what we might anticipate as a campus community. We also discussed and edited the statement from UCICC that goes out to students each January prior to the weekend.

December 14, 2016 - Engaging Diverse Backgrounds in the Classroom

UCCIC and Student Affairs cosponsored a 2-hour diversity training workshop held during the Winter Academy sessions. The session was full and was well received by the faculty and staff who attended. Many asked for additional trainings of this type to be offered in the future.

January 10, 2017 - Public Statement to W&L students about Lee-Jackson Day events

After discussion as a committee and consultation with the President’s Cabinet, UCICC sent the following to our students prior to the events in downtown Lexington.

January 31, 2017 - Meeting with President Dudley

The committee met with new President Will Dudley to introduce him to the members of our group and our ongoing work. We discussed ongoing issues of diversity and inclusion and the role of UCICC on campus.

Feb-March, 2017 – Refining the diversity statement draft

The subcommittee shared the working draft of the diversity statement with the broader UCICC group and sought feedback from the committee and several additional members of the community.

April 5, 2017 - Finalizing statement to put forward

After several drafts of the statement were circulated and edited, the committee met to finalize and approve the following statement (a recommendation to the President will follow at the end of the report):

Demographic Data

Each year UCICC reports the demographic data (including gender and race / ethnicity) for the faculty, staff and student population. Where noted the data are excerpted from the 2016-2017 Fact Book.

Faculty by Gender and Race/Ethnicity (Fall 2010 – Fall 2016)

The table below shows the numbers and percentages of faculty and the demographic breakdown of those faculty within divisions, at rank, race/ethnicity and gender for the period of 2010-2016.

Characteristic2010201120122013201420152016
Academic DivisionsThe College 163 163 166 170 173 172 168
Williams School 48 47 45 48 51 48 49
Law 33 30 33 35 32 29 27
Tenure StatusTenured 144 145 154 156 158 154 160
Tenure-track 55 51 46 46 49 51 46
Non Tenure-track 45 44 44 51 49 44 38
Race/EthnicityAmerican Indian/Alaskan Native 1 2 2 1 1 1 1
Asian 9 11 11 15 15 16 12
Black/African American 6 5 5 6 6 7 7
Hispanic 5 6 6 6 5 5 5
Multi/Other 3 1 2 0 1 1 2
Nonresident Alien (NRA) 5 4 5 4 3 2 0
White 215 207 211 208 209 204 217
Unknown 0 4 2 13 16 13 0
Subtotal: Minority and NRA 29 29 31 32 31 32 27
SexMale 154 149 154 159 161 154 153
Female 90 91 90 94 95 95 91
RankProfessor 100 95 105 108 104 103 112
Associate Professor 63 66 66 64 67 64 61
Assistant Professor 71 68 61 73 75 72 63
Instructor/No Rank 10 11 12 8 10 10 8
Full-Time Faculty by Rank and SexMale Professor 76 72 81 80 77 73 82
Female Professor 24 23 24 28 27 30 30
Male Associate Professor 38 37 37 38 37 35 31
Female Associate Professor 25 29 29 26 30 29 30
Male Assistant Professor 35 36 31 36 45 44 37
Female Assistant Professor 36 32 30 37 31 28 26
Male Instructor 5 4 5 5 3 2 3
Female Instructor 5 7 7 3 7 8 5
Total 244 240 244 253 256 249 244
Library and Physical Education 31 35 34 40 38 39 41
Grand Total 275 275 278 293 294 288 285
Faculty Counted in AAUP Salary Survey 188 190 190 195 204 201 199

Staff Gender by Job Category

The table below presents data on the numbers by gender in non-faculty positions for the period of 2013-2016. The figure below represents those figures graphically for the period of 2014-2016.

Primary FunctionFall 2013Fall 2014Fall 2015Fall 2016
MaleFemaleTotalMaleFemaleTotalMaleFemaleTotalMaleFemaleTotal
Instructional Staff 218 119 337 232 128 360 214 120 334 207 114 321
Librarians, Curators, Archivists 8 11 19 8 12 20 8 14 22 8 14 22
Management 68 40 108 49 25 74 50 27 77 45 32 77
Business and Financial Operations 13 34 47 16 37 53 15 39 54 13 40 53
Computer, Engineering, and Science 36 11 47 38 12 50 36 12 48 35 14 49
Student and Academic Affairs 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 26 32 8 25 33
Community, Legal, Arts, and Media 44 45 89 47 48 95 43 23 66 42 24 66
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical 2 5 7 2 6 8 2 6 8 2 6 8
Service 62 67 129 68 73 141 72 93 165 79 88 167
Sales and Related 7 3 10 5 4 9 5 6 11 4 7 11
Office and Administrative Support 7 113 120 6 116 122 8 107 115 9 107 116
Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance 29 2 31 36 4 40 38 6 44 38 6 44
Grand Total 494 450 944 507 465 972 497 479 976 490 477 967

Staff Race/Ethnicity by Job Category

The table below represents the race/ethnicity by job category for staff from 2014-2016.

Fall 2014Fall 2015Fall 2016
Primary FunctionAfrican-AmericanAmerican IndianAsian AmericanHispanicMulticultural/Race UnknownWhiteNon-Resident AlienTotalAfrican-AmericanAmerican IndianAsian AmericanHispanicMulticultural/Race UnknownWhiteNon-Resident AlienTotalAfrican-AmericanAsian AmericanAmerican IndianHawaiian/Pacific IslanderHispanicMulticultural/Race UnknownWhiteNon-Resident AlienTotal
Instructional Staff 6 2 15 61 71 257 3 360 7 21 18 711 49 249 22 334 72 13 23 0 8 27 264 01 321
Librarians, Curators, Archivists 0 0 0 0 1 19 0 20 0 0 0 0 1 21 0 22 0 0 0 0 0 1 21 0 22
Management Occupations 3 0 0 0 0 71 0 74 4 0 0 0 1 72 0 77 4 0 0 0 0 1 72 0 77
Business and Financial Operations 3 0 0 0 1 49 0 53 2 0 0 0 1 51 0 54 2 0 0 1 0 1 50 0 54
Computer, Engineering and Science 0 0 1 0 0 49 0 50 0 0 1 0 1 46 0 48 0 1 0 0 1 0 47 0 49
Student and Academic Affairs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 28 0 32 4 2 0 0 0 0 27 0 33
Community, Legal, Arts, and Media 4 0 2 1 2 86 0 95 1 0 2 1 3 59 0 66 2 2 0 0 1 0 61 0 66
Healthcare Practitioners 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 8
Service Occupations 16 1 1 6 117 0 141 21 1 1 2 10 130 0 165 221 1 1 0 2 3 138 0 167
Sales and Related 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 11
Office and Administrative Support 1 0 1 0 2 118 0 122 1 1 1 0 3 109 0 115 1 3 1 0 0 1 110 0 116
Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance 0 0 0 1 1 38 0 40 0 0 0 1 1 42 0 44 0 0 0 0 1 1 41 43
Grand Total 33 3 19 9 84 821 3 972 39 4 24 11 70 826 2 976 43 22 4 1 13 35 849 0 967

Institutional Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity (Fall 2006-2015)

The table below provides information about the student population and its breakdown by self-reported racial and ethnic identifications. Additional information on the student body characteristics is found in the Fact Book 2016-2017.

Fall Term200620072008200920102011201220132014201520163-Yr Avg5-Yr Chg in 3-Yr Avg (#)5-Yr Chg in 3-Yr Avg (%)
HeadcountTotal 2,157 2,192 2,159 2,159 2,173 2,196 2,302 2,277 2,264 2,172 2,160 2,199 23 1.0%
Men 1,124 1,146 1,128 1,105 1,119 1,125 1,189 1,155 1,155 1,124 1,127 1,135 19 1.7%
Women 1,033 1,046 1,031 1,054 1,054 1,071 1,113 1,122 1,109 1,048 1,033 1,063 4 0.3%
African-American/BlackTotal 93 80 89 85 69 80 87 78 73 56 51 60 -18 -30.0%
% of known races 4.6% 3.9% 4.4% 4.2% 3.4% 3.9% 4.0% 3.7% 3.4% 2.8% 2.5% - - -
Men 39 34 38 36 28 39 52 47 42 25 16 28 -7 -24.1%
Women 54 46 51 49 41 41 35 31 31 31 35 32 -11 -35.1%
American Indian/Alaskan NativeTotal 11 10 7 3 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 -1 0
% of known races 0.5% 0.5% 0.3% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% - - -
Men 3 3 2 0 1 0 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 0
Women 8 7 5 3 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
AsianTotal 87 96 90 68 66 61 69 75 68 68 66 67 2 3.5%
% of known races 4.3% 4.7% 4.4% 3.4% 3.2% 2.9% 3.2% 3.5% 3.2% 3.3% 3.2% - - -
Men 27 33 35 26 29 28 33 34 31 31 30 31 3 9.8%
Women 60 63 55 42 37 33 36 41 37 37 36 37 -1 -1.8%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific IslanderTotal - - - - 2 - - - 1 - - - - -
% of known races - - - - 0.1% - - - 0.0% - - - - -
Men - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Women - - - - 2 - - - 1 - - - - -
HispanicTotal 31 38 41 56 50 56 61 78 98 95 94 96 42 43.6%
% of known races 1.5% 1.8% 2.0% 2.8% 2.5% 2.7% 2.8% 3.7% 4.6% 4.7% 4.6% - - -
Men 14 18 19 24 19 17 25 33 41 41 47 43 23 53.5%
Women 17 20 22 32 31 39 36 45 57 54 47 53 19 35.4%
WhiteTotal 1,817 1,836 1,808 1,793 1,798 1,830 1,889 1,860 1,831 1,747 1,747 1,775 -32 -1.8%
% of known races 89.1% 89.1% 88.8% 89.4% 88.4% 88.3% 87.7% 87.4% 86.2% 86.0% 86.0% - - -
Men 987 1,005 979 941 940 951 975 948 950 927 943 940 -4 -0.4%
Women 830 831 829 852 858 879 914 912 881 820 804 835 -28 -3.4%
Multiple RacesTotal - - - - 45 43 44 34 52 64 71 62 33 52.9%
% of known races - - - - 2.2% 2.1% 2.0% 1.6% 2.4% 3.1% 3.5% - - -
Men - - - - 26 24 17 11 17 24 26 22 6 25.4%
Women - - - - 19 19 27 23 35 40 45 40 27 68.3%
Subtotal: Known RacesTotal 2,039 2,060 2,035 2,005 2,033 2,072 2,153 2,127 2,125 2,032 2,031 2,063 26 1.3%
Men 1,070 1,093 1,073 1,027 1,043 1,059 1,103 1,075 1,083 1,050 1,064 1,066 23 2.1%
Women 969 967 962 978 990 1,013 1,050 1,052 1,042 982 967 997 3 0.3%
Nonresident Alien (NRA)Total 95 97 87 99 90 85 92 89 93 95 86 91 - 0.0%
% of Headcount 4.4% 4.4% 4.0% 4.6% 4.1% 3.9% 4.0% 3.9% 4.1% 4.4% 4.0% - - -
Men 44 40 39 46 48 43 49 49 47 51 41 46 1 1.4%
Women 51 57 48 53 42 42 43 40 46 44 45 45 -1 -1.5%
Unknown RacesTotal 23 35 37 55 50 39 57 61 46 45 43 45 -3 -7.5%
% of Headcount 1.1% 1.7% 1.8% 2.7% 2.3% 1.8% 2.5% 2.7% 2.0% 2.1% 2.0% - - -
Men 10 13 16 32 28 23 37 31 25 23 22 23 -4 -18.6%
Women 13 22 21 23 22 16 20 30 21 22 21 21 1 4.7%
Known Minority (incl. NRAs)Total 317 321 314 311 323 327 356 356 386 380 370 379 58 15.4%
% of Headcount 14.9% 14.9% 14.8% 14.8% 15.2% 15.2% 15.9% 16.1% 17.4% 17.9% 17.5% - - -
Men 127 128 133 132 151 151 177 176 180 174 162 172 27 15.9%
Women 190 193 181 179 172 176 179 180 206 206 208 207 31 15.0%

Admissions Data, 2016-2017 (as of May 31, 2017)

The table below represents the enrolled incoming students by category for the years (2014-2017 – as of May 31, 2017).

Student Trait2017201620152014
African Descent 15; (14 domestic) 18; (16 domestic) 19; (15 domestic) 18; (16 domestic)
American Minority 73 55 48 55
Jewish 16 18 22 31
Pell Grant Eligible 52 42 32 52
1st Generation College 33 40 35 31

2016-2017 Recommendation to President Dudley

After a yearlong project of reviewing, creating, editing and discussing a new diversity statement - in its meeting on April 5, 2017 the UCICC committee put forward the following diversity statement for consideration by the President and university community for adoption.