Inclusion Services and Programs (ISP) is the Collaborative Office for Diversity Training and Programming. ISP works with student organizations and various departments on campus to begin the transformative process of increased awareness of social structures and differences inherent in institutional and social systems. Such collaborations are the building blocks for creating safe spaces for discourse and examination of the cultural and social factors that shape our perceptions.
Increasing awareness of how perceptions come to be and how media, social institutions, and background influence how we perceive others, and indeed, how others perceive us is the first step in transformative change. Diversity of experiences and the lenses through which one experiences life shape the world we see. Through inclusion programming and training, the following messages are made clear:
Creating a culture of community and ownership is the goal of Inclusion Services and Programs. By engaging students, faculty and staff in helping to create a welcoming, inclusive environment, a shift in campus climate will gradually occur. We must be “the change we want to see.”