Year at a Glance 2020-21

For the 2020-21 academic year, the Institutional Coordinating Council (ICC) met twice per month during the year, and the ICC and ICC leadership met regularly and frequently with the Executive Vice Presidents and the President. These meetings helped to strengthen lines of communication, enabled us to practice our distributed leadership model, build trust, and have sustained, in-depth discussions about long-range DEI issues. These meetings, and the ICC's work in general, focused on three discrete projects to (1) stabilize and sustain the ICC, (2) facilitate long-range campus alignment around DEI, and (3) further clarify the role of the ICC to campus and senior leaders. Our progress is summarized below.

Stabilizing and Sustaining the ICC

Objective: solidify the structure for sustaining a clear, long-range vision that informs our urgency in addressing the challenges of the present

  • Formalized the ICC governance structure as well as guidelines for membership selection, term limits, and responsibilities
  • Drafted a set of Guiding Principles for the ICC's work and began to revise them for use by others on campus
    The ICC's Guiding Principles are meant to guide our intentional and long-term vision of systemic change at the University of Richmond, ensuring that we are rigorous and purposeful in advancing the goals of representation, belonging, and capability over time.
  • Began developing a framework for evaluating the success of the ICC

Long-Range Campus Alignment

Objective: develop resources and guidance for the campus community to pursue institutional goals and DEI values in coordinated, connected, and aligned ways

  • Completed the first phase in adapting the ICC's Guiding Principles as a tool for the broader campus community 
    The Guiding Principles will  help members of the campus community to ensure that their efforts to advance the goals of representation, belonging, and capability, in practice, are rigorous and purposeful in their alignment. Subsequent phases will provide more details and examples to enhance the usability of the Guiding Principles.
  • Piloted the ICC's Guiding Principles with selected offices and attained feedback 
  • Worked with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to support the rolling out and publicizing of a comprehensive campus climate survey (HERI) 
    The survey results should provide greater focus for efforts to advance long-range campus change efforts.
  • Participated in a series of conversations with the President's Cabinet and Academic Deans to explore a shared vision of equity and anti-racism in higher education and at UR
    The meetings, convened by President Crutcher, included national leaders Dr. Ruth Simmons and Jonathan McBride. 

Campus Engagement and Outreach

Objective:  create a plan for communicating with the campus about the ICC's vision, work, and resources with the aim of fostering alignment and best practices across offices, divisions, and schools.

  • Clarified the role of the ICC and the distributed leadership model in the form of a "frequently asked questions" document to be shared on the web and in presentations across campus
  • Drafted one-page guide for ICC members to use when explaining the ICC's work to campus colleagues
  • Provided feedback on the content for the launch of a comprehensive DEI website: The site provides ample entry points for members of the campus community, transparency about our approach and structure, honesty about the work that remains, and emphasizes the importance of integrating anti-racism practices.