OIC: Opportunity and Inclusion Center
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CASE values professional excellence, integrity, and respect for our community of volunteers and staff as partners, stakeholders, and leaders. We aspire to be bold, agile, and innovative. And we are committed, in all that we do, to be collaborative, inclusive, and embracing of diversity.
For CASE and the field of advancement to fully live out its mission of leveraging education and lifelong learning as a means to transform lives and society, we must work to ensure that the paths to these great institutions are accessible to more than just the privileged few.
With this charge CASE has created the Opportunity and Inclusion Center (OIC). The center will focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and increasing the diversity pipeline for advancement professionals.
At this moment of change in our society, amidst long-overdue calls for social justice and racial equity, we must recommit our energies and intensify our focus on our diversity, equity and inclusion work.
CASE has adopted the following diversity mission statement:
We aspire to help institutions connect with their diverse constituencies and create pathways for current and future employees of diverse backgrounds.
CASE defines diversity as age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender (identity and expression), nationalities, sexual orientations, religion, and race.
CASE's eight district Opportunity & Inclusion chairs play a vital role in supporting CASE's ongoing efforts in DEIB. During their tenure as chairs, they work closely with the CASE Senior Director of the Opportunity and Inclusion Center to develop, coordinate and shape DEIB programs at both the district and national level.
Goals for the chair group include:
- Create, advocate, and facilitate DEIB programming at the district level.
- Increase the number of presentations, broaden the topics and build an audience of professionals at the district conferences.
- Welcome and engage new professionals of diverse backgrounds to the district and or the profession.
- Identify names of senior-level professionals of diverse backgrounds for consideration in the nomination process.
- Serve as a mentor for professionals and students of diverse backgrounds.
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