A Culture of Belonging

Strategic Objective #1

"Embody a culture of belonging that empowers all to thrive"

Team Leaders: André Lynch and Katie Fong '06

Proposed Initiatives

1. Create a campus culture characterized by outstanding commitment to equity, inclusion and belonging for all
a. Develop a Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
b. Create opportunities for community engagement within the Village of Aurora
2. Invest in recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse community
a. Increase access to support resources to enhance student success and retention
b. Enhance support for recruitment of students who will be successful at Wells
c. Develop tools to improve hiring and search processes for faculty and staff from underrepresented groups
3. Embed inclusive teaching & inclusive community engagement into the core Wells experience
a. Establish training programs for all community members to reduce implicit bias, develop cultural awareness, and foster inclusiveness across campus
b. Develop processes that value EDI-related contributions in faculty and staff evaluations and tenure reviews
c. Conduct a review of all workplace policies and processes to ensure alignment with strategic goals and support for Wells as a workplace of choice

Impacted Outcomes

  • Enrollment (recruiting new students + retention of current students)
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Team Members


Siousxie Easter
Leah Elliott
Phillip Guingona
Tara Kohn
Kerr Mesner
Vic Muñoz
Ernie Olson

Judy Bailey
Terri Culver
Giavarna Faison '14
Samantha Hall '18
André Lynch
Leah Mackin
Rachel Porter '06
Tara Ruckh
Kit Van Orman

Kaylen Furr '21
Aliah Gilkes Richardson '21
Jazzmyne Williams '21

Alexis Boyce '04
Kristin Keiswetter Clark '93
Katie Fong '06
Talyse Hampton '09
Joanne Kelley '83
Christin Schaaf '99
Steve Zabriskie

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