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Spheres of Influence

Seven Spheres of Influence


The Seven Spheres of Influence is the conceptual framework used to identify and articulate the seven components of the campus community where the Office of Diversity and Inclusion can impact the greatest level of individual, institutional, and environmental change.

  1. Student Engagement & Involvement

    1. The extent to which a student becomes engaged and involved within their campus community can directly impact the personal, social, and academic gains they experience as an undergraduate (Astin, 1984; Kuh, 1995; Pascrella & Terenzini, 2005). Considering this theoretical construct, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will provide opportunities for all students to engage within the campus community, through providing student organizations, leadership experiences, and mentoring opportunities.  

  2. Policy Development, Enhancement & Advocacy 

    1. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is represented on numerous university committees where university policies and procedures are developed and discussed. As an active member of these committees, the Office of Diversity is committed to representing and advocating for the needs of all students, including those from historically underrepresented populations and backgrounds.     

  3. Environmental & Institutional Culture

    1. The level of environmental congruence a student experiences and can have lasting effects on their ability to actively engage and integrate into the campus community academically and socially (Pascrella & Terenzini, 2005; Stern, 1970; Strange & Banning, 2001). As a result the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will conduct formal and informal assessments of environmental and institutional messages, artifacts and norms that reflect varying levels of uninclusivity and or inequity.

  4. Training & Development

    1. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will provide training and development sessions and workshops for members of the Longwood community. These groups include: (1) Student Organizations, (2) Individual Faculty & Staff, (3) Department, College or Divisional Trainings, and (4) Instructional and Classroom Lessons

  5. Instructional Pedagogy & Practice 

    1. In hopes to reduce the level of cultural hegemony subscribed to during classroom instruction, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will assist faculty with developing a firmer understanding of how to create a more inclusive curriculum and syllabus within their courses.

  6. Research & Assessment 

    1. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is committed to fostering an evidence based environment, in which all departmental decisions and or initiatives are grounded in relevant data and or practical and professional research.  In addition, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is interested in collaborating with any member of the Longwood community in designing, conducting, reporting and presenting research projects designed to promote the further understanding of equity and equality.

  7. Fundraising & Development

    1. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is committed to supporting members of the Longwood community who commit themselves to spreading a message of inclusiveness and acceptance. All members of the university community who have interest in designing programs, initiatives, and or activities grounded in educating others about the benefits of celebrating human differences are eligible to receive financial support through the President's Diversity Funds. The President's Diversity Fund was established in 2011 by President Patrick Finnegan in an effort to demonstrate the importance of diverse programming for our campus
    2. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is continuously looking for opportunities to further our mission by acquiring additional funds to support new and innovative programs and activities for the Longwood Community. In addition to private donations, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has future plans of developing fundraising efforts in an attempt to enhance diversity and inclusive initiatives across the campus community.