The purpose of Inclusion Ambassadors Program is to create a partnership between the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the colleges/schools or divisions at UND. The Inclusion Ambassadors will serve as liaisons between the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the colleges/schools or divisions and engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across campus. In this position, utilizing a train the trainer model, the Inclusion Ambassadors will:
- Participate in on-going internal and external equity and inclusion trainings as a means of growing their professional development and strengthening their overall skills in DEI.
- Train departments on implicit bias, methods for increasing diverse candidate pools, effective retention practices, and addressing microaggressive interactions (including providing training for search committees), and other topics related to DEI work.
- Serve as colleges/schools or divisions consultants on ways of infusion diversity, equity, and inclusion into programs, events, and speaker programs.
- Collaborate with TTaDA to design trainings and other events that focus on equity and inclusion.
Selection and Retention
Inclusion Ambassadors are chosen by the college dean or division head, in consultation with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and with approval from their chair/director/supervisor.
Inclusion Ambassadors will serve in their role for 2 or 3 years depending on their agreement with their area. In order to maintain the continuity of the Program, colleges/schools or divisions should stagger the time periods that someone will serve in this role as to avoid all the Inclusion Ambassadors cycling out of the Program at the same time.
Here is a list of possible training that Inclusion Ambassadors can offer:
- General discussion on the infusion DEI into higher education
- Addressing microaggressions
- Addressing implicit bias in the hiring process
- Introduction to equal opportunity and affirmative action (basic information)
- Strategic Planning for DEI