Welcome to the webpage for the College of Southern Nevada Office of Community Relations, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The information found here includes updates on diversity initiatives, articles of interest, highlights the contributions of CSN’s diversity committees, recognizes our partners, and informs you of upcoming initiatives and events.
Under the guided vision of President Michael D. Richards, our team works every day to “create opportunities and enrich lives with inclusive learning and working environments that support diversity and student success ...” (College Mission). Through strong partnerships, impactful collaborations with schools and departments, the great labor of love of more than 160 volunteers who dedicate their time serving in nine diversity-related committees, and the ever-growing commitment of college leadership, CSN has expanded its outreach, diversity and inclusion programs and has launched additional events and new initiatives.
Our Multicultural Affairs Office supported the efforts to host 68 events celebrating heritage, furthering inclusion and fostering student success during the 2015-2016 academic year. These were all lead by groups of committed faculty and staff with extraordinary vision and focused determination. New committees to better serve our student populations have been created and the groups have launched student-centered initiatives like Safe Zone. The Office is also constantly establishing close partnerships with our student government and will be increasing the number of programs available to students in the coming year. You will be learning more about the wonderful service these dedicated individuals provide to celebrate, engage and advance our diverse communities.
Our Community Relations Office is also working to strengthen our external presence and has been designing a college-wide community mapping process that will allow us to focus on better serving and connecting with our community. Last year, our Office alone reported 329 interactions and identified 208 organizations that we engage with at different levels. You will be reading more about this effort in this and upcoming newsletters.
The Diversity Office is collaborating with Human Resources to provide more opportunities for on-going training and evaluation in cultural and diversity competences, as well as supporting efforts to recruit, retain, advance and develop diverse faculty, staff and students. These initiatives are a priority and we are currently beginning a two-year process to create module-like inclusion training. You will also learn more about this project through these communications.
In addition, we assist our purchasing department in reaching its supplier inclusion goals and actively participate in college-wide initiatives of great impact, such as the Strategic Planning Committee, the Strategic Enrollment Plan, the Climate Survey, and many others. Recently, we were also given the opportunity to begin forming the colleges’ alumni program and we are truly enjoying the creation of this initiative that connects and benefits the millions of alumni who have attended CSN.
In the Office, we guide our efforts through a Diversity Action Plan that includes goals that touch every area of CSN and involve every stakeholder group. We are constantly seeking information to improve and expand our efforts and your involvement and participation is needed to truly design initiatives and programming that have impact. We can only continue our engagement, diversity and inclusion work with your support.
On a more personal note, I would like to tell you that the last two and a half years have been an extraordinary experience. I am inspired every day by the commitment displayed by those who work at the college and those who attend CSN. There is a lot to be done, but we have been developing structures that will enable us to continue building our alumni program, engaging our communities, and developing the important work in diversity and inclusion. With the international and national events unfolding today, it has never been clearer that truly valuing the positive impact of diversity and inclusion is imperative. Only through understanding and respect can we create the kind of world we should strive to live in. Higher education is where the seeds of knowledge and progress are planted. Even with all the challenges we face, for those of us who seek to make a difference, there is no better place to be right now.
On behalf of the team, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and for all you do every day. We hope you find it useful and informative and look forward to receiving your feedback.
Executive Director Phone: (702) 651-7607
West Charleston Campus
6375 W Charleston Blvd.
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Las Vegas, NV 89146