Notetaker(s): Sherri N.

Attendees: Joel Meyer, Glenda Lee, Bijan Seyednasrollah, Belinda Williford, Sherri Nevius, Shannon Switzer, Kayla DeCarr, Rebecca Stephens Smith, Paul James


1. Overview/Introductory comments, Glenda Lee and Joel Meyer

2. Why intercultural development matters,” facilitated by Paul James, Duke University Office for Institutional Equity

This is not a committee of indoctrination; it is a committee of equitable sharing, intentionality around evidenced-based research, and a firm understanding of how one builds community around diversity and inclusion.

Group Exercises and discussion of thoughts on various terms

  • What does Diversity mean to you?
  • What does multiculturalism mean to you?
  • What comes to mind when you draw a line between diversity and multiculturalism?What does intercultural mean?


  • Multicultural: Living alongside each other
  • Intercultural: How we might relate across dimensions (White female, African Am. Male)
  • Intracultural: How we might relate from within a group (African Am. Male and female)

Diversity is not binary. Diversity is race, class, age, gender, religion, etc. It’s not black and white.  Find intersections between.

3. Overview of planned activities for 2014-2015: 1) Rising TIDE and 2) and staff/faculty training session

4. Brainstorming and discussion of committee ideas for staff/faculty training session

  • Rising Tide is happening for AY14/15. It is funded and advised by a separate advisory board
  • Staff/faculty/student training: DUML has implemented this training and is very successful. DUML’s keys to success: by invitation only, Dean was highly visible/involved in the training, group size was kept small (20-25 people).
    • How does this translate to Durham campus?
      • Tag off of NS’s “community building” initiative? NS Staff initiatives, Academic Council movement?
      • Messaging should include: Intercultural Competency
      • A community conversation about diversity
      • Dean needs to be involved and interested
      • Keep sessions small in numbers, but offer multiple sessions.

5. Brainstorming and discussion of committee ideas for additional activities (including from diversity document)

  • How to introduce this group to the new dean?
    • Glenda and Joel to meet with Dean in July
  • Soft Programming Messaging: Periodic messages across the NS TV Monitor (that also broadcasts to DUML). Phrases/images to get you thinking. Keep the messaging historical/factual?
  • A mural that highlights what different cultures think about the environment? Partner with Documentary Studies? Group Master’s Project?
  • Recruiting: Do we have diverse alumni support recruiting? Brochures, etc. reflecting diversity? Cindy to provide more info on how AES targets MEM recruiting. What about PhD?
  • Website presence highlighting what IS being done in diversity at NSOE. How do we tell our diverse story (historic and current programming)? Mission on diversity and Inclusion? No mention of student groups. Tag on to I Am Duke Environment campaign.
  • How many faculty, researchers, students, etc. are doing great things already, but no one knows about it – need to collect this information/get people to communicate and communicate it on NS website.
    • DUML has a Diversity page on website.
  • Pipeline program within Durham community – can we establish this? Big interest for Joel.
  • ***Create subcommittees to move these ideas forward (website/story and pipeline) (training could be accomplished by committee as is).

6. Wrap-up facilitated by Paul James: here’s what I heard; allocation/volunteering for tasks/responsibilities; thoughts from committee on what key success indicators will be

  • Sherri to talk to Scottee about website development (focus on this being a way for the NS to lead the way/be the industry standard – competitors are not doing this)
    • SCN provide examples of what competitors are/aren’t doing. (Hampton University)
    • Shannon S. interested in website/communicating story subcommittee
  • Sherri to message Anita to get Joel/Glenda on Alan’s calendar RE: Diversity & Inclusion Committee. DONE
  • Glenda: Lead training initiative
  • Joel: Think about leading subcommittee in pipeline initiative
  • Kayla: Talk to Cindy Peters regarding HBCU recruiting list
  • Sherri: Check committee member list on WordPress site. Communicate WP site to members again/share meeting notes.
  • Identify note taker for next meeting