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At Queens, we recognize that human identities and qualities, and the diversity of them within our campus and community, provide us all with an opportunity to learn and grow.

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At Queens University of Charlotte, we are committed to fostering a culture that promotes inclusion, diversity, equity and access for students, faculty, staff and the community around us.

Our commitment to living and succeeding in a changing world challenges us to develop cultural humility and to find common ground with those unlike ourselves. We strive to empower students, faculty, staff and alumni to be authentically engaged citizens on campus, off campus and around the world. Our efforts are intended to help bridge the academic and civic missions of the University to live out its motto, "Not to be served, but to serve."

In 2021, President Lugo introduced a strategic framework with a pillar devoted to leading in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as a part of a plan to transform Queens into the national comprehensive private university of Charlotte. The plan included the creation of a DEI taskforce, made up of faculty, staff and students, led by Vice President Maria del Carmen Flores, Professor Margaret Commins and LeAnna Rice.

Meet our AVP for DEI

LeAnna RiceLeAnna Rice is the Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Director for the Charlotte Talent Initiative. She also serves as the university’s Title IX Coordinator. In these roles, Rice supports and leads institutional policy, process, and response in relation to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Rice’s career has been guided by and is deeply passionate about advancing principles of equity, inclusion, justice, and holistic wellness. During her career, she has been committed to building sustainable and strategic practices and processes that promote inclusivity and access. Her career includes a range of student support and administrative roles including mental health counselor, associate dean, prevention services, associate dean. She has served as an adjunct professor in several different institutions. She has also experience in the nonprofit sector, serving in a consultant roles to higher education institutions.

Seven Goals of the DEI Plan

  1. Attract, recruit, retain, develop, and graduate a diverse student body.
  2. Attract, recruit, develop and retain faculty and staff with diverse identities and that are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at Queens University.
  3. Create and sustain an inclusive campus that fosters a sense of belonging among all community members.
  4. Establish and ensure accountability measures to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices throughout the university.
  5. Identify and establish a sustainable staffing structure and resources to drive change and ensure accountability to DEI work.
  6. Infuse DEI into the educational experience for all students.
  7. Implement strategies to create a more accessible campus across multiple domains for students, faculty, and staff.

Equity and Inclusion Mini-Grants

The Office of DEI has created Equity and Inclusion Mini-Grants to help support and enhance the efforts of our Queens community. The Mini-Grant program is designed to offer seed money to boost or strengthen initiatives, projects, or programs that further the goals and objectives of the DEI Plan. Find out more about these mini-grants 

More Information

For more information on the plan and taskforce, please read our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.

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 DICEThe Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement
DICE provides resources, training and support to Queens and the broader Charlotte community to help unite and bring people of diverse backgrounds together to appreciate, respect and celebrate differences and commonalities.
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 Student ResourcesClubs and Organizations
With more than 60 clubs and organizations, you're certain to find a group that’s a good fit to have fun and make the most of your Queens experience. Learn about them and other student resources.
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 CalendarEvents and Programs
Visit an up-to-date calendar with events and programs at Queens that relate to diversity, equity and inclusion across campus, from lectures and book discussions to guest speakers and performances.
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 Campus ResourcesCommunity Centers
Learn more about campus resources including centers that bridge Queens with the community: Digital Charlotte, the Center for Ethics and Religion, Center for Latino Studies, and Stan Greenspon Holocaust and Social Justice Education Center.
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AcademicsMajors, Minors & Programs
Queens offers courses of study that explore and embrace diversity and inclusion on various levels, encouraging students to examine complex issues involving ethnicity, race, religion and social justice.
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 AthleticsInclusion in Athletics
Queens’ Athletics is committed to fostering an academic culture that promotes inclusion, diversity, equity and access for students, faculty, staff, and community partners that provides access to our learning community.

 

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