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Technology Supporting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Your Information Resources & Technology (IRT) team supports Sacramento State's commitment to anti-racism and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Inclusivity and anti-racism aren’t only part of our core values, they make us a better team and a better advocate for you when it comes to the technology, tools, and support that powers your success.
Inclusiveness isn’t just nice to have on teams. Our research shows that it (inclusivity) directly enhances performance. Teams with inclusive leaders are 17% more likely to report that they are high performing, 20% more likely to say they make high-quality decisions, and 29% more likely to report behaving collaboratively. — Harvard Business Review
Inclusive Organizational Excellence
We celebrate and place diversity, equity and inclusion at the core of who we are and who we serve. Our ongoing commitment supports Sacramento State's Diversity and Inclusion Campus Imperative, as well as our IRT Strategic Goal #5:
Adopt, operationalize, and advance DEI and anti-racism initiatives as individuals and as stewards serving our University community.
- Examine the existing IT climate to identify and implement engagement strategies
- Broaden the current professional development program
- Establish workplace transparency across the IRT Division
- Advance ubiquitous communication within IT and across the University
Educause DEI Pledge
“As a CIO, I resolve to take the following actions to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for the benefit of the technology profession in my institution and in the profession generally:
Raise my personal awareness about challenges and opportunities related to DEI in the technology field, and work to raise awareness departmentally and institutionally.
Work to increase opportunities for women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities to be information technology professionals and leaders.
Work with EDUCAUSE and other professional organizations to encourage efforts to make transparent and publish technology workforce demographic data.
Become aware of institutional and/or regional demographic trends and work toward creating an institutional and/or regional technology workforce that keeps up with demographic trends.
Partner with institutional colleagues to create/advance programs that aim to expand opportunities and eliminate the barriers for students from underrepresented populations interested in computer science, data sciences, other technology-related fields, both in undergraduate education and post-graduation programs.
Advocate for DEI practices, help develop appropriate DEI practices, resources, and tools, and mentor colleagues seeking to contribute to DEI efforts.”
IRT advocates DEI practices by:
- Top-down and industry leadership to advance DEI efforts both at Sacramento State and nationwide
- Establishing diverse and inclusive hiring search committees representing a variety of demographic and technical expertise characteristics; advertising on diverse and inclusive job boards, and in publications geared toward female audiences
- Building in DEI evaluation criteria into IT Procurement and IT Procurement Governance - to ensure software, hardware, and technology tools meet federal and state requirements, and reflect the diversity of our campus community (such as preferred name, pronoun options, etc.)
- Supporting industry standards to rename systems or processes containing exclusionary language (such as whitelist, blacklist, master)
- Monitoring and evaluating diversity goals and achievement to improve DEI practices