As important as it is to attract talent, it is just as important to keep it! Here are some of the programs colleges have developed in order to do just that:
The Division of Student Affairs is committed to diversity in our programming for students and in the hiring and support of staff. Through the Division's Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), we provide programs and staff to support the needs of ethnic minority students and students with special interests. Through the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC), we provide accomodations so that all students with disabilities may achieve their academic goals. In hiring, all supervisors and search committee chairs are informed about the importance of obtaining representative candidate pools and giving full consideration to minority candidates.
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
The Magnet Lab is committed to diversity in all areas of its facility - from undergraduates to faculty, technicians to professional staff. That commitment is put into practice through the Magnet Lab's Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which is aimed at increasing the recruitment and retention of both faculty and students from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan addresses an issue of critical national importance: Developing a strong and diverse scientific and engineering work force as the U.S. increasingly faces challenges to its role as world leader in science and technology. Part of the plan is to identify promising underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students and to provide them with an enriching environment. By providing these students meaningful and relevant research opportunities, the Lab helps reinforce students' commitment to securing the highest degree possible. The Magnet Lab also recognizes that early exposure to science increases the odds an underrepresented student will pursue STEM subjects into college, and targets K-12 students through its educational outreach programs. For more information, visit the website at: http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/outreach/currentprograms.html.