Endorsed by the Board of Trustees in March 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic
moved all of us to remote work, ‘Franklin Pierce at 60
,’ the University’s latest strategic plan, bears the fruit of two years of University-wide
discussions and diligent work. Notably, this June, we transitioned to the implementation
phase of the plan, which includes important updates to the University Mission and
Vision statements, and the creation of a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Statement
for Franklin Pierce.
All three statements, the four overarching strategic goals and their objectives serve
as an important guide in our collective efforts moving forward. The full strategic
plan will also be published prior to the new academic year.
Notably, under Goal 4, Living the Franklin Pierce Experience
, Franklin Pierce University emphasizes and commits to the creation of a comprehensive
and integrated framework designed to achieve greater diversity, equity and inclusion.
Through current efforts and new initiatives to come, we will develop and introduce
practices, educational programs and resources to move the University forward and to
strengthen a welcoming and inclusive learning and working environment where all are
treated with compassion and respect.
One significant step is to establish and staff an Office of Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion, led by a Chief Diversity Officer, to support Franklin Pierce’s work with
undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff and local communities. We are pleased to
share that the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) position has been posted
and applications from a pool of candidates arrive daily. President Mooney has asked
the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, established in the fall of 2019, to serve
as the search committee for this critically important position.
Additionally, the Office of Human Resources has implemented changes to our search
and hiring processes, including amending the language in job postings and descriptions
by removing words/statements that may inherently discourage candidates by inadvertently
focusing too much on degrees and certifications rather than on their experiences and
accomplishments. We are also advertising our job openings in diversity-focused locations
and connecting with community partners to ensure we reach a wider audience. These
changes will ultimately assist in creating a workforce that better reflects the diversity
of Raven Nation.
The University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council is also engaged in bringing
together, under one body, the combined contributions of the African American, Latino/a,
Native American, Asian American Diversity Initiative (ALANA), Safe Spaces, Students
of Faith, and groups focused on gender identity, first-generation students, neurodiversity,
disability, and socio-economics ‒ all as articulated in the new Diversity, Equity
and Inclusivity Statement. In an effort to connect with our community partners, Council
leadership also met with Organizational Ignition
to begin a series of conversations on training opportunities for Franklin Pierce
and the review of programs and policies focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Work is also underway on a new section of the Franklin Pierce website which will serve
as a hub of information for updates on the University’s continued work on diversity,
equity and inclusion and also as a portal for Ravens to share their thoughts and recommendations
with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. The site will highlight the work
of the Council and its members and offer links to helpful resources for students,
faculty and staff, both within the Franklin Pierce community and the Monadnock region,
and will offer information on how to report any incidents or concerns. We expect the
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion section to launch in mid-August, and will continue
to expand it as we welcome and onboard our first Chief Diversity Officer.
Finally, Franklin Pierce remains committed to offering future opportunities for dialogue
and connection in the University community, including alumni and current students.
The next community conversation will be an event for current students on Tuesday,
August 4. Details will be forthcoming. Additional community conversations will also
be scheduled, with dates for those conversations to be announced in August.