Central Michigan University received the 2013 Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award for its “Excellence Though Inclusion” initiative from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.
“The intent was to change the culture for diversity at CMU,” Amy McGinnis, a CMU human resources faculty member and shepherd of the initiative, said. “We worked primarily with staff to help them understand a little more about working with diverse populations. We created the program in order to change the culture and make it a more welcoming place for everyone.”
CUPA-HR gives the award to institutions with initiatives that have made a significant impact on equality and cultural change within the organization.
CMU is the second school to receive this award, following Rice University in 2012.
The university’s “Excellence Though Inclusion” initiative is a collaborative effort between CMU Human Resources, the Multicultural Student Academic Success Office, Multicultural Education Center, Office of Gay and Lesbian Programs and Student Disability Services.
According to McGinnis, the initiative has continually achieved success since it began in 2007.
“We had 1,200 employees participate at the first training, where we had very high evaluation rankings and response rankings,” she said. “In addition, we asked them some questions about their understanding after the education and it was very positive in terms of their ability to speak up and understanding what to say in different situations. We thought it was a very positive contribution to the diversity climate at CMU.”