Building on the momentum of the Diversity Task Force, this initiative seeks to engage the broader university audience in defining and developing practices that support an inclusive environment.

Staffed by the office of the Chief Diversity Officer, the University Diversity Council serves as the university-level governance committee charged with building institution-wide capacity to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse campus that embraces diversity as one of our core values, infusing every aspect of campus life and purpose, and every measure of success.

The council is charged with maintaining the Report of the President's UC│21 Diversity Task Force (March 2007) as a living document, holding responsible parties accountable and reporting on at least an annual basis to the President and community at large. The council is empowered to set its own annual agenda as well as identify short and long term goals. It is expected to take recommendations from the report and develop a 5-year strategic plan, policy recommendations and implementation plans. Over time, the council may establish work groups or committees and the chair may invite other members of the university community to contribute to this effort. Products from the council are forwarded to the Academic Coordinating Committee and the Fiscal Coordinating Committee for consideration.

The council recognizes a very broad and inclusive concept of diversity that includes commonly recognized considerations such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability status, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and regional or national origin. It will guide the university's efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture and cultivate diversity and inclusion as institutional and educational resources at the University of Cincinnati.