Promoting outreach and inclusive excellence

Bill Woodson, Ph.D.
Bill Woodson, Ph.D.

As the academic year begins, the Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence (OOIE) at New College has numerous goals to help make the campus a stronger place to live, work and study.

Bill Woodson, Ph.D., New College’s dean of outreach and engagement, and chief diversity and inclusion officer; is working with Stacey Campo, Ph.D., the first director of community outreach in the OOIE, on prioritizing multiple efforts for 2020-2021.

“Outreach and community engagement must be leveraged as a multiplier of the value we create for Florida and the world,” Woodson said. “And a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning community is essential, because our existence as a public institution is only justified if the value we create is accessible to all.”

Here are some of the OOIE’s overarching objectives:

Institutional:

  • Ensuring that the institutional response to the pandemic embraces equity, supports at-risk community members, and does not unfairly burden historically underserved identities.
  • Supporting the Manasota region’s response to the pandemic.
  • Supporting institutional goals for enrollment growth, reducing the representation gap, enhancing retention for all student identities, and enhancing New College’s regional and national profile.
  • Improving staff retention (all identities), and supporting opportunities for improving faculty and staff representation of historically underrepresented identities.
  • In a period of economic uncertainty, realizing all objectives with a focus on fiscal responsibility, and maximizing leverage of philanthropic resources wherever possible.

Community Outreach:

  • Remaining active with local chambers of commerce and major employers; and generating internship, research and career opportunities for students.
  • Building momentum with local media outlets to increase New College’s profile, particularly within communities of color, philanthropic communities, the arts, humanities, science and professional/pre-professional spaces.
  • In collaboration with Enrollment Management, accelerating outreach activities with Sarasota-Manatee high schools and community colleges, specifically State College of Florida, Hillsborough Community College and Valencia College.
  • Establishing efficient, sustainable processes for annual Mellon reporting and grant proposal evaluation, approval and management.
  • Collaborating with the New College Foundation on philanthropic opportunities, including a minimum $300,000 companion fund-raising effort for Barancik (by 2023; in conjunction with the OOIE).
  • Collaborating with the Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) on targeted employee and internship partners, and the Mellon II-funded Arts and Humanities Internship.
  • Sustaining signature cultural events including Black History Month, and the Visions of the Black Experience Film Festival.

Inclusive Excellence:

  • Documenting outcomes and learnings from Phase I of the Inclusive Campus Climate (ICC) initiative, and deploying the next phase of the ICC roadmap.
  • Selecting and hiring a financial literacy specialist; an administrative assistant; and an associate director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for the OOIE.
  • Fully deploying Barancik co-curricular programming, including financial literacy and leadership development.
  • Developing campus-wide DEI key metrics and milestones, and supporting departmental implementation.
  • Partnering with the Chief Financial Officer and the Campus Police Department to address police/community relations issues.

Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is the state's only legislatively designated Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in liberal arts and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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