Black Student Community Goals
Representatives of Black student groups submitted goals to President Snyder in February 2016. Please note that this website is a community resource, intended to increase transparency and promote campus dialogue. The content is under development and a work-in-progress. Your feedback is welcome.
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Increase the amount of scholarship and financial aid directed toward Black students:
- Significantly increase the number of Black students on LMU’s campus.
- Implement a comprehensive recruitment and enrollment initiative for Black students.
- Provide continuous financial support for Black students for the duration of their University career.
African American Alumni Scholarships
- To incentivize additional donations and reinforce the critical partnership between the University and its alumni in providing support for current and future students, the university will match donations above that amount on a 1:1 basis up to an additional $100,000.
- For the next five years, the University will commit $150,000 in funding toward AAAA Scholarships that exceed the currently budgeted number of 10 per entering class.
- Remove the application for the AAAA Scholarship and offer more scholarships earlier in the admission process. Scholarship applications often raise barriers, particularly for prospective students who come from high schools with limited support for additional applications and essays, or who are not aware of additional scholarship opportunities or believe they are not eligible. Also, students who fill out a special application and then are turned down for an award do not feel as welcomed into the community, which does not fit with the remainder of our communication to this highly competitive and desirable group of students
The Learning Community
Prospective African American first-years were offered admission to The Learning Community (TLC) prior to them making their commitment deposit. TLC includes a summer pre-college residential program, courses, individualized mentorship, and ongoing events & activities, which emphasize leadership and student success. This brought yield enhancement effort for underrepresented students.
Enrollment Management Initiatives
LMU is a raise.me College Partner; through the raise.me platform, many underrepresented and low-income students across the nation earn “micro-scholarships” for academic, co-curricular, and service achievements, which are then awarded by the College Partner to admitted raise.me students. LMU also matches each micro-scholarship on a dollar-for-dollar basis to encourage students to take advantage of innovative scholarship programs like raise.me.
Beginning in Fall 2016, LMU Enrollment Management began piloting several new outreach and recruitment initiatives for underrepresented and low-income students. These include:
- Laptop and textbook/supplies vouchers totaling $60,000 for a population of Pell-eligible underrepresented students with the most significant financial need.
- $50,000 in initial support for High Impact Practices Grants to underrepresented students; these grants make available critical opportunities – including internships, conference travel, preparation for graduate school, and career exploration – that might not otherwise be accessible for these students.
- More than $35,000 in scholarship support for underrepresented high school students to attend LMU’s two-week, residential Summer Pre-College Program experiences.
- Offering admission to 20 prospective African American freshmen to the TLC Program, which includes a summer pre-college residential program, courses, individualized mentorship, and ongoing events & activities which emphasize leadership, student success, and maximizing opportunities available at LMU.
Increase the amount of Black faculty and staff across colleges and departments (on-going and long-term):
- Recruit, hire, promote, and grant tenure to Black faculty.
- Replace Black faculty, who exit the University, with new Black faculty.
Progress updates for this goal are forthcoming.
Create mandatory and multifaceted cultural awareness programs and diversity training:
- Provide training that mirrors LMU Cares for first year students and cultural competency training for faculty and staff.
- Include students of color in the developmental process of both programs.
Diversity Training for Faculty, Staff and Students
The Implicit Bias Program
The university has implemented implicit bias training for all LMU faculty, staff, and students. Implicit bias training has also been added to the LMU CARES program with an inclusion-respect-community component. In addition, LMU CARES’ Courageous Conversations Training, mandatory for all incoming students, now includes ethnic, cultural, religious, and LGBTQ+ topics. The goals of this initiative are to create greater awareness of implicit biases; de-bias perceptions; promote perspective-talking, and improve campus racial climate for all campus constituents.
Student Affairs is working with Human Resources to re-establish the Intercultural training sessions as part of the area's offerings for staff development. Once the training is in place, Student Affairs will require the training for all new employees in the Division.
Student Affairs continue to hire and train a cadre of students through the Intercultural Facilitators program. These students help to engage students in conversation about race, ethnicity and culture.
Increase inclusivity in overall campus life:
- Increase the level of diversity in campus-wide events (i.e. Fallapalooza, Spring Fest, etc.).
- Require all students to take one class from the Departments of African American, Chicano/a, and Asian-Pacific Islander Studies to graduate.
- Increase the number of campus-wide ethnocentric events.
Student Affairs launched a diversity audit assessment for all departments with the division to examine ethnicity breakdowns for all programs, services, staff and student user data to determine areas of highlight and challenge.
Planning Process for Student Events
In review of the planning process for large-scale social events, including campus concerts, Student Affairs has determined that diverse voices should have input into the type of music represented at the events. To this end, for the 2016-2017 academic year, Student Affairs will create a new planning process for these types of events.
Synergy Between Diverse Student Organizations
Student Affairs moved departments and programs in Malone to create greater interaction among different student groups: TLC and IF’s moved to the first floor to be with ASLMU students. EIS and LGBTQ moved from the third and fourth floors to share the second floor with OISS.