Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Council (IDEC)

IDEC Newsletter-Spring 2021

IDEC Overview

The Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Council (IDEC) was formerly known as the Intercultural and Diversity Advisory Committee (IDAC), originally serving as an advisory committee to the president. With the president’s support, last summer a small group of IDAC members spent time re-visioning its role and mission, and renamed itself IDEC.  As an independent council, IDEC has an independent role in Priority #3, Lead on Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. (USM’s priorities for the next five years were announced in this document last month). 

Updates from IDEC’s Committees

Since our last newsletter was so recent, some committees didn’t have a lot new to share. So, in this newsletter edition, they have contributed some updates; plus reading suggestions, professional development ideas, and announcements. 

You can find descriptions of the work of each committee on our Committee Page.

Steering committee

The steering committee decided a little while ago to add shared learning to its biweekly agendas. For a few meetings, it was more important for them to listen to students share their experiences in student government, and they postponed their discussions of the learning material. On April 5, they were finally able to start talking about “Envisioning Higher Education as Antiracist” by Krishni Metivier

A planning group -- members of the IDEC fellows, members of the graduate student board, and the director of graduate studies -- have secured a mini grant for the author, Krishni Metivier, to present at USM (possibly in the summer). The IDEC leadership team will keep an eye out for this event and let you know when it is announced. More information about the scholar can be found here:

Agenda for April 16 Council Meeting - 10:00A.M to 12:00P.M

  • 10:00-10:05: Check-in/ Land Acknowledgement
  • 10:05-10:10: Approval of Previous meeting's minutes (link will be included here)
  • 10:10- 11:10: Committee Report
    • Student Fellows
    • Programming
    • Curriculum
    • Communication
    • HR; Proposal
    • Policy; Proposal and Voting
  • 11:10-12:00 -Other Business: May retreat, etc.

You are all invited!

How to join IDEC

You can find detailed information about joining IDEC on our Membership Page.

Any employee or student of USM may attend council meetings. To be a voting member, you need to be an acting member of one of IDEC’s committees. If you are interested in participating in any of the committees, begin by reviewing the committees on the IDEC Committee Page

  • To join IDEC, select the committee you would like to join and fill out this registration form: IDEC Membership Form (for voting membership)

Full council meetings take place four times a year (link to Calendar) and are open to any member of the USM community.  Our next IDEC Monthly meeting will be on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

Please visit IDEC's new WEBSITE!