Winthrop University always prides itself on the idea of diversity, especially amongst its students.
This institution stresses the value of diversity not only to its students, but to potential future students and their parents.
According to the university website, 37.5 percent of the student body are U.S. minorities, but what about the faculty and staff? Does the desire for diversity extend to those individuals as well?
Goal three of Winthrop is to “attract and retain high quality and diverse faculty, staff, and administrators,” according to the June 2017 Strategic Plans and Goals of Winthrop Update by President Mahony. This means they want to increase the amount of minority faculty and staff in the upcoming year.
Winthrop hired “a total of 58 new employees hired between Jul. 1 and Aug. 16, 2017,” according to Zane Jones, the Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Winthrop.
Three of the new employees are international hires, Jones said, include one Asian female, one Asian male, and one white male.
Out of the 58 new employees, 33 were women, with the majority of those being white. The minority was made up of people of Hispanic or Latino background. Eight of the new employees were African American.
Though Winthrop has made an effort to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff, there is still work to be done to create a more inclusive and diverse environment not only for the classroom, but the workplace as well.