About the Diversity and Inclusion Project

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The Diversity and Inclusion Project is a comprehensive effort to improve Wright State's ability to celebrate the diversity of its students, faculty, staff, and community. It is a university-wide initiative sponsored by the president, led internally by Gary LeRoy, M.D., Vice President of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement, and supported professionally by Integrity Development Corporation.

The project team is dedicated to creating an environment at Wright State University that is achieving measurable results as it relates to diversity and inclusion. The ultimate goal is to prepare students with the skills necessary to succeed in a global marketplace. Their success will depend in part on their ability to embrace diverse people and points of view.


Eric M. Ellis, M.A., President and CEO, Integrity Development Corporation Read Eric M. Ellis bio »
Charlotte Neal, M.A., CCEP, Vice President, Integrity Development Corporation Read Charlotte Neal bio »
Gary L. LeRoy, M.D., Interim Vice President for Multicultural Affairs and Community Enhancement, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Read Gary L. LeRoy bio »

Project Phases

Phase I (Fall 2010):

  • Determine Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) current condition

Phase II (Spring 2011):

  • Define Wright State's Diversity and Inclusion vision
  • Benchmark other universities for best practices
  • Identify key focus areas for improvement
  • Develop 3–5 year strategic plan

Phase III (begin Fall 2011):

  • Implement D&I strategies (3–5 year plan)

Phase IV (On-going):

  • Measure
  • Maintain
  • Continuous improvement

Phase I Overview: Current Situation

  • Reviewed Wright State's:
    • Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) organizational structure
    • D&I commitment, vision, and strategies
    • D&I Organizations, activities, and initiatives
    • For Employees
      • Representation by demographics
      • Hiring and promotion analysis
      • Cultural assessment
    • For Students
      • Enrollment analysis
      • GPA analysis
      • Retention rates
      • Graduation rates
      • Cultural assessment
    • Community D&I activity
    • Supplier diversity