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Chief Diversity Officer’s WelcomeMalika Carter, Ph.D, Chief Diversity Officer

Welcome to the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). My name is Malika Carter and I am Chief Diversity Officer for ESF's Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. The Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity has shared responsibility for coordination of all aspects of our Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity commitment, and regulatory compliance obligations. This includes working collaboratively with other campus partners as part of our mission.

ESF has divisions and roles that directly support the work of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. These include, but are not limited to Counseling Services which conducts Safe Zone Training; Student Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives; Coordinator of Student Conduct; and the Title IX response team. Each collaborate with students, teaching sites and our industry peers to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. These services bolster and foster collaboration, improve our effectiveness and serve as a cornerstone for cultural transformation on our campus.

As an institution with national distinction in education, research, and service; inclusion, diversity, equity are three of the essential elements of our national distinction. To that end, we strive to reflect the global community that we serve and to support an intellectual environment that values individuals with diverse backgrounds, ideas, thoughts, and experiences.

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity is also the primary vehicle for guiding all of our diversity efforts. However, all of us, faculty, staff, students, have a role in helping to achieve a high-performing, inclusive, academic community.

To achieve remarkable results, and to achieve our mission, an inclusive organization must be created and sustained. We're also committed to an environment that is civil, respectful, fair, accessible, safe, and nurturing. We mediate and resolve conflicts related to uncivil behavior, harassment and discrimination.

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity also supports informal and formal standing committees. These include, but are not limited to the ESF Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, the ESF Women's Caucus, and ESF Professionals of Color.

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity also provides cultural competency education. We do this through multiple modality learning opportunities from cyber and in-person sessions, trainings, and workshops. These develop the skill sets necessary to effectively manage a diverse community and to ensure a more comprehensive research agenda.

We embrace diversity in its many dimensions and strive to create an organizational culture that meets the needs of every individual who makes up our community.

We invite you to join us in creating that inclusive community and engage in a dialogue directly with my office, publicly or privately.

Thank you for listening, and best of wishes to you in continued success here at ESF.

Dr. Malika Carter
Dr. Malika Carter

Malika Carter, Ph.D
Chief Diversity Officer
315-470-6866 (office)
449 Baker Lab