The University wide Diversity and Inclusion Plan represents more than a year of work by dozens of people. I am proud of the work done by the Diversity and Inclusion Planning Work Group. If you have comments, questions or concerns about the final report please feel free to meet with me. The Plan is a living document--new initiatives can and will be added in the years to come.
Dr. David Pilgrim
University Town Hall Meeting Addressing the Racial Climate at Ferris State University.
November 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm.
Zoom Link https://zoom.us/j/99549695944.
A truly inclusive university is one where all its members believe that the institution belongs to them as much as it belongs to others. It tears my heart to know that some of our students do not believe that the university belongs to them. Recent incidents on our campus have left them feeling mocked and marginalized. We are challenged to create and nurture a respectful and welcoming environment for our students—and faculty and staff.
We did not create this university. We inherited it. Our founder, Woodbridge Nathan Ferris, was a social justice warrior long before it was normative. Not only did he create an institution where women, African Americans, Native Americans, recent immigrants, newly-naturalized citizens, and others were offered opportunities to earn an education—he made sure that they were treated with respect. That is his legacy. It is our mandate. When we work to sustain an inclusive university, we honor his legacy. When we fail to do so, we contradict and insult his vision and work. I am proud of the students, faculty, and staff who are committed to honoring our founder’s work—and dedicated to living out our values of diversity and ethical community.
I want us to be a university community where we can have difficult, sometimes painful, conversations. There is racial tension on our campus—and campuses across the nation. To avoid discussing this reality perpetuates a cycle of misunderstanding and misinformation. We are a better institution when we hear the voices of our classmates and colleagues. We have begun this work, and we will continue it.
I am inviting you to attend a Zoom town hall meeting on Tuesday, November 24, beginning at 6 p.m. It is an opportunity for members of the Ferris community to voice their ideas about the current campus climate—and to offer insight on how we get to where we want and need to be. Here is the link: https://zoom.us/j/99549695944.
Students – Join Us for Conversations that Matter
There is a lot happening in our culture/world today, and we want to hear from you. You are invited to join Ferris State University’s president, provost, vice president for Diversity and Inclusion, vice president for Student Affairs, and the president of Kendall College of Art and Design for the inaugural Conversations that Matter virtual listening session. Dates and times will be posted here. Join us, and share your mind and voice to this important conversation.
- Ferris State University's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Get your copy of Haste to Rise today!!!
- "Haste to Rise: A Remarkable Experience of Black Education during Jim Crow" written by Dr. Pilgrim and Franklin Hughes
- 2018/2019 Diversity at Ferris Report
- 2016-2021 University wide Diversity Plan and Inclusion Plan.
- Remarks to the Ferris Board of Trustees, February 2019
- Diversity Report to the Ferris Board of Trustees, February 2019
- Diversity Plan Gap Analyses
- Diversity Office Strategic Plan 2016-2020
- 2019 Ferris/Hampton MLK day presentation
- Ferris/Hampton story PowerPoint 2017
- Ferris: There's Food Here! Facebook page.
- Area Food Resources Brochure
- Calendar of Observances
- Ferris Statement on DACA
- For more events see the University Calendar or the Diversity Calendar
"You are Welcome Here"
Video created by Ferris State International students 2016
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