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President's Affirmative Action and Diversity Committee (2005- 2008)
Summary of Accomplishments

It is important to recognize the accomplishments of the committee that preceded the current Diversity Advisory Board (DAB). To all those who played a role on or with the Affirmative Action and Diversity (AA&D) Committee, all of us here at UTSA, especially the members of the DAB, are much appreciative. Your diligent efforts have paved the way in helping make UTSA a more inclusive university and will significantly aid in the new challenges ahead.

AA&D Committee Co-chairs were Belinda Flores and Yolanda Miller. Click for complete listing of committee members.

Below is a brief summary of the AA&D Committee’s major accomplishments and contributions.

The charge of the AA&D Committee was to advise through recommendations and address strategies and plans that were relevant to affirmative action and diversity. In the 2005–2006 academic year, the AA&D Committee initiated a major diversity initiative for UTSA: an outside consulting firm was retained to conduct focus group surveys on the diversity climate. More than 100 participants, students, staff and faculty were directly involved, and many of their inputs helped the Committee move forward with the efforts they undertook. Four subcommittees were formed as a direct result of the focus group findings: (1) Dialog with Top Leadership; (2) Recruitment and Retention (faculty, staff, and students); (3) Advocacy for Sexual Minorities; and (4) Outreach.

In partnership and collaboration with other UTSA offices, the AA&D Committee:

  • Developed and formalized UTSA’s Core Values
  • Accomplished the first campus-wide diversity climate survey via focus groups
  • Participated in and provided input to the UTSA 2016 Strategic Planning Committee during development of the UTSA 2016 Strategic Plan to ensure diversity was a foundation of the plan
  • Advocated for a university chief diversity executive position, resulting in the appointment of UTSA’s first chief diversity officer
  • Advocated for the UTSA Demographic Analysis Project, resulting in the first UTSA Fact Book
  • Advocated for program(s) to welcome diverse students, such as Cultural Connections
  • Advocated for the creation of a UTSA Diversity Website.

There was one remaining initiative from the AA&D Committee that was not completed: adding gender identity to the University’s Non-discrimination Policy in the HOP 9.01.