February 16, 2010

SSU Hires Consulting Firm to Map Diversity Efforts for Spring 2010

For the Spring 2010 semester, Sonoma State University has hired Halualani & Associates, a Bay Area consulting firm that specializes in diversity strategy and planning for higher education institutions, to map the diversity efforts, programs, and curricula across all campus units.

This mapping process involves taking stock of current diversity efforts and then analyzing such mappings to identify the current status of diversity and inclusive excellence at that institution.

This process of inquiry is referred to as "mapping diversity efforts" and its value lies in locating a higher education institution's "actual"--not projected--engagement with, and implementation of, diversity efforts.

Such a reflexive practice is vital to identify where a university is and needs to be in order to establish itself as an institutional structure that is committed to inclusive excellence in terms of its values, principles, objectives and goals, outcomes, and resource allocations.

This mapping effort will take place between February and April 2010; all information and findings that result from this effort will be made public in the form of downloadable maps, a comprehensive report, and a public presentation made by Halualani & Associates.

Dr. Rona T. Halualani is the Founder and Principal of Halualani & Associates, as well as a professor of intercultural communication at San Jose State University. Dr. Halualani has extensive experience in helping universities create, design, implement, and evaluate
comprehensive diversity master plans and strategies, including work with SJSU from 2007-2009 that lead to the creation and implementation of the CSU's first Diversity Master Plan.

Funding for this project is provided by the generous donation of Daphne Smith, as well as the SSU Office of the President.

For further information about the President's Diversity Council, visit http://www.sonoma.edu/diversity/pdc/.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057