chief diversity officer
Letter from the Chief Diversity Officer
Dear Raven Nation,
It is with great humility and a deep sense of gratitude that I serve as the inaugural
Chief Diversity Officer for Franklin Pierce University.
I am excited about the work ahead, and I look forward to collaborating with each member of our community to work together toward a more welcoming, equitable and diverse institution.
Living the Franklin Pierce experience means that we must continue to invest in our community’s ability to live authentically, interact respectfully, and value the contributions of every single Raven. Our future is bright, to be sure, and that brightness is inextricably linked to the innovative thinking and the academic excellence that can only be attained by leveraging the wealth of diversity in our student body, staff and faculty. I believe that our greatest and most precious assets are the people who comprise Raven Nation!
The journey to establishing Franklin Pierce’s first Office of Diversity, Equity and, Inclusion has been years in the making. In the Spring of 2019, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council was created under the leadership of President Kim Mooney and charged with conducting a national search for our first Chief Diversity Officer –a charge fulfilled with my appointment in April 2021.
In the midst of that work, the DEI Council also facilitated virtual community conversations during the summer of 2020, giving voice to and providing insight in to the experiences of our alumni. The DEI Council also partnered with University faculty, the Lloyd & Helen Ament Astmann ’69 Career Center, and external groups to bring an innovative Virtual Diversity Series to the Rindge Campus. The Diversity Series explored Race & the War on Drugs, Restorative Justice Circles and provided students with in-depth discussions of the causes and impact of the Chauvin Trial.
Most recently, members of the DEI Council, in collaboration with the Office of Advancement, created the A.L.A.NA Affinity Group which will provide scholarship and mentorship opportunities to members of our student body. Finally, with the creation of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is underway, Franklin Pierce appointed Coach Javier Ramirez as the liaison between the student-led Justice in Action Athletic Association (J.A.A.A.) and my office.
Ravens, as we move to further our efforts to make inclusivity sustainable in our culture, I want to briefly outline the engagement cycle my office is taking to lead the way towards our Pierce@60 Strategic Plan Goal #2, Living the Franklin Pierce Experience.
Phase 1: Discovery and Alignment
Phase 2: Strategy Development
Phase 3: Assessment & Development tools
Phase 4: Implementation & Operationalization
Phase 5: Review and Revisit
Phase 1 requires that we develop a foundation of knowledge and understanding. To that end, we are collecting historical and current statistical/demographic data from various administrative departments.
If we want a plan that fosters greater equity in how we meet the needs of our community,
attract wider diversity in our faculty, staff and student body, and engage the voices
of every member of our community, we must be clear on where we are in order to identify
the resources needed to get there.
Over the coming weeks and months, my office will be meeting with various constituent groups to understand where we are, what is being done currently, and what we need to make living the Franklin Pierce Experience accessible to all.
I encourage you to connect with my office at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss with me your experiences and hopes in making a more welcoming and accessible community.
This important work cannot be achieved by the efforts of just one person, but it can be achieved through the coordinated efforts and collective talents of each and every one of us. It is my hope that you will join with me in partnership to ensure that our differences serve to strengthen our community, and that Franklin Pierce University lives our promise of being a welcoming community that accepts and embraces all.
Pierre V.C. Morton (he, him, his)
Chief Diversity Officer
Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council
Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Committee