IDEALS is at the core of helping our office reach its vision of Inclusive Excellence at the U of A — a mission to achieve total campus engagement in actively and genuinely supporting diversity and inclusion ideals. IDEALS consists of strategic planning core teams led by fellows, ready to tackle challenges and find solutions in five focus areas for stronger diversity:
- Research and Discovery
- Education, Training, and Support
- Outreach and Engagement
- Strategic Leadership, Resources, and Supports
Dr. Elsa Camargo co-leads the Research and Discovery strategic planning core team with Sr. Research Fellow Dr. Marcia Shobe. The objectives for this team are to secure funding support related to diversity and inclusion, conduct sound research and assessment, engage in knowledge creation and discovery, and create the foundation for a Jr. Faculty and Staff Diversity Fellows Program.
Dr. Camargo and Dr. Shobe meet with campus representatives from the Pat Walker Health Center, the College of Engineering - Civil Engineering, the History department, the English department, The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, the Institutional Review Board, and the College of Education and Health Professions to address the Research and Discovery Committee’s strategic goals.
Dr. Anna Zajicek leads the Inclusion strategic planning core team. Their focus is to research ways to create a welcoming and inclusive culture and climate that are supported by strong policies, structures and established best practices.
Dr. Zajicek meets with campus representatives from Human Resources, the Sam M. Walton College of Business, the School of Law, the Honors College, the department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Facilities Management, the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, and the Staff Senate to address these strategic goals.
Dr. Ana Bridges leads the Education, Training and Support strategic planning core team. Their focus is to help the university fulfill its mission as a land grant and flagship institution by providing accessible education and training, practical guidance, assessment and evaluation, consultation, and support resources related to diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Bridges meets with campus representatives from the Center for Educational Access, the Pat Walker Health Center, the Veterans Resource and Information Center, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance, University Libraries, Global Campus, Human Resources, the Graduate School and International Education, and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences to address these strategic goals.
Dr. Barbara Lofton leads the Outreach and Engagement strategic planning core team. Their goal is to develop outreach and engagement strategies from innovative practices that best position the U of A to recruit, retain and develop a diverse community of faculty, staff and students.
Dr. Lofton meets with campus representatives from Greek Life, the Multicultural Center, Admissions and College Relations, International Students and Scholars, Alumni Affairs, Governmental Relations, University Relations, and University Athletics to address these strategic goals.
Dr. Jamie Hestekin leads the Strategic Leadership, Resources and Supports strategic planning core team. Their focus is on implementing systems that aid individuals (such as faculty, staff and students), departments and administrative leaders in addressing needs, developing skills, acquiring support and overcoming challenges encountered as the university moves toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive institution for higher learning.
Dr. Hestekin meets with campus representatives from the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Latin American and Latino Studies program, the College of Education and Health Professions, the College of Engineering - Biological Engineering, the School of Social Work, and Facilities Management to address these strategic goals.