A team composed of scholars from Ibis Consulting Group and Creative Diversity Solutions was hired to perform a diversity audit at Ferris during the 2014-2015 academic year. The audit consisted of interviews, focus groups, a climate survey, and a review of University data. The Report of Findings and Recommendations produced by the auditors is available Here.
The audit report was useful to the Diversity and Inclusion Planning Work Group which
prepared this document, There Is a Home for You at Ferris State University: A Diversity and Inclusion Plan, 2015-2020. The major goals of the plan are listed below:
Goal 1: Create a University that is respectful of differences and civil toward people who are different.
Goal 2: Build and maintain an infrastructure that supports diversity and promotes inclusion.
Goal 3: Recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse student population.
Goal 4: Recruit, employ, and retain a diverse workforce.
Goal 5: Improve inclusivity by incorporating diversity and inclusion in significant ways in teaching, learning, and research.
Goal 6: Build upon existing partnerships and create new partnerships that enhance the University’s commitment to and work with diverse populations.
In January 2007, the DPC began working to create a well-thought out and realistic plan to guide Ferris State University's diversity efforts. In March 2008, the Ferris Board of Trustees approved the University's first diversity plan. The major goals of the plan are listed below:
Goal 1: Create a University that is welcoming to diverse populations.
Goal 2: Recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse population.
Goal 3: Hire and retain a diverse workforce.
Goal 4: Create enviornments for student learning that are inclusive of and sensitive to a diverse students polulation.