Diversity & Multiculturalism Office
The Diversity and Multiculturalism Office is charged by the Keene State College President’s Cabinet with providing institutional leadership in diversity initiatives, policy and practice development including development of system to report and respond to bias related incidents, programming, recruitment and retention efforts of underrepresented faculty, staff and students, and creation of a strategic inclusive excellence plan for the campus.
The Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism is available for consultation on a wide range of issues associated with diversity, multiculturalism and social justice. This consultation can include (but is not limited to):
- presentations/lectures in classes or living environments,
- workshops with employee groups,
- discussions with faculty and supervisors associated with difficult dialogues in work and class environments,
- receiving bias-related incident reports.
In addition, using data from the Keene State College campus climate survey and research associated with “best academic practices,” plans such as Inclusive Excellence and Student Success have been established with the College’s priorities in mind. These data-driven plans will provide a systematic way to evaluate effectiveness (ongoing assessment), identify areas for improvement and to make changes when necessary.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength
— Maya Angelou
As the Chief Officer of Diversity and Multiculturalism (CODM), Dr. Dottie Morris is a member of the Keene State College President’s Cabinet. Her main foci are providing support and direction to the Executive, Academic, Student Affairs, Advancement and Finance and Planning divisions of the college as the institution works to fulfill its commitment to diversity and multiculturalism.
For years, Dottie has worked with undergraduate and graduate students in the capacity of counselor, teacher, academic advisor, and advisor of student groups. She has demonstrated a consistent and persistent dedication and devotion to diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism and social justice over the past two decades. Prior to her position as Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism at KSC, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Learning at World Learning School for International Training Institute (SIT) in Brattleboro, VT, the Director of Student Affairs for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Antioch University New England in Keene and staff counselor at the Colorado State University Counseling Center and the Coordinator of the Employee Assistance Program.