The Diversity Toolbox
About the Diversity Toolbox
The James Madison University College of Health and Behavioral Studies' Diversity Council is committed to facilitating diversity among CHBS faculty, staff and students. The mission of the Council is to promote inclusiveness within the college by removing the barriers which prevent the full participation of all individuals and groups including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, culture and nationality, sexual orientation, disabilities, socio-economic background, or religion. CHBS is committed to preparing future leaders and enlightened individuals who have been educated in environments that are enhanced through diversity and who are committed to the belief that all people are enriched by the diversity within our communities. To this end, we will increase awareness of the merits of diversity through educational events, ensure that our curricula address diversity and provide a supportive environment that celebrates diversity.
Our Diversity Toolbox is also responsive to the survey many of you completed in the spring about the strategies you are currently using to create safe and inclusive spaces for colleagues and students, and to identify areas where you could use more support in creating safe and inclusive spaces for all. We hope the ideas and resources shared here will support you in building your own knowledge and skills around addressing racism and creating inclusive spaces for all. In the words of poet and activist, Audre Lorde, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
As we invite you to open and engage with this Diversity Toolbox we leave you with the words of activist and civil rights leader Rosa Parks who said “To bring about change you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.” May we all be committed to taking those steps to make our community supportive and inclusive of all its members.
February 2022 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Curriculum Resources
Updated from the February 2021 Edition
January 2022 - Barriers Experienced by Marginalized Individuals in Higher Education Institutions
Updated from the January 2021 Edition
November 2021 - Diversity 101: Getting Started as a Co-Conspirator
Updated from the November 2020 Edition