In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and other unarmed Black men and women, colleges and universities across the nation are beginning to rethink and expand their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
This week, Ohio Wesleyan University—the private liberal arts university located in Delaware, Ohio—unveiled a new initiative aimed at improving diversity, equity and inclusion on its campus. Titled, “Stand Together and Work For Change,” the initiative will focus on four areas: structure and policies, teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining students and employees, and campus climate.
Dr. Rock Jones
“It is time—no beyond time—for us to turn words and outrage into action,” said Dr. Rock Jones, president of the university that has about 1,600 students. “The horrific killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks have rightly outraged millions of Americans and people around the world.”
Jones said that the recent killings are not isolated incidents “but follow a long legacy of violence, oppression, and police brutality toward Black Americans.”
According to Jones, key components of Ohio Wesleyan’s initiative include:
“In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to examine our core structure, policies, and day-to-day practices to make OWU a more inclusive and equitable place for all students, and in particular for Black, indigenous, and people of color,” Jones said. “We also will continue to create opportunities for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members to engage in dialogue and work together for change.”