In February, 2021, Interim President Kenneth Long shared a message with the campus community, announcing his commitment to creating a campus environment free of discrimination, harassment, and racism.

Interim President Long also continues to acknowledge the tremendous work already being done by the various Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committees and teams at ESU, especially the many students, faculty, and staff who are working on DEI initiatives. 

To that end, he outlined 10 structural and operational actions, his specific commitment, to foster a more just and welcoming campus community. 

He also indicated that he would do all he can, as Interim President, to improve the climate of our campus so that we may all embrace a University that we can be proud of, that is welcoming to everyone on our campus, and is a place Where Warriors Belong. 

Interim President Long’s 10 Action Items

1) Current Employee Training

Faculty and staff will be required to participate in Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and anti-bias training this semester.  

Completion Date: March 15, 2021. 

In Progress

Employees will also be strongly encouraged to attend ongoing D&I training and workshops provided weekly (a list of subjects that area addressed during these workshops is listed here).  

Completion Date: Ongoing.

  • Quarter I Results
    • As of March 22, 2021, 67% of employees have completed the DEI Online Training. Managers are following up with employees who did not complete the training. Updates will be available July 1.
    • As of Feb 17, 2021, the following number of employees have participated in 1 or more D & I Workshops:
      • Fall 2020: 217 employees
      • Spring 2021: 189 employees
    • In March, 97 non-represented employees participated in a Centering DEI @ ESU workshop facilitated by CollegeCode Inc.

2) New Student Training
In Progress

New students will be required to participate in DEI and anti-bias training. 

Completion Date: September 1, 2021.

  • Quarter I Results
    • In Fall 2020, 40% of new students completed the EVERFI DEI Online Training.
    • The university is exploring options to increase completion rates.

3) Data Transparency
In Progress

The university will review institutional data in order to identify, evaluate and publicize areas where greater diversity is needed and make them hiring priorities in future University searches. 

Completion Date: April 1, 2021.

  • Quarter I Results
    Data is currently being reviewed and formatted, please check back regularly for updates.

4) Diverse Hiring
In Progress

The university will strongly pursue hiring efforts of ESU's faculty and staff to mirror the diverse composition of our student enrollment, consistent with ESU's comprehensive plan.

Completion Date: Ongoing. 


5) New Employee Training
In Progress

New employees will be required to take DEI and bias training within their first 30 days. 

Completion Date: Ongoing.

  • Quarter I Results
    • Human Resources will include this information in New Employee Orientation and packages.
    • Human Resources will track completion rates.

6) Search Committee Training
In Progress

Employees participating on search committees must receive recruitment training that addresses DEI and bias. 

Completion Date: Ongoing. 

  • Quarter I Results
    • As of February 17, 2021, 84 employees have participated in anti-bias recruitment training.

7) Applicant Pools
In Progress

Searches for open positions will be specifically advertised to attract a diverse pool of applicants. 

Completion Date: Ongoing.

  • Quarter I Results
    • The list of diverse professional organization has and will continue to be updated and used to advertise new position searches.
    • ESU collaborates with organizations such as the Southern Regional Education Board and the Black Doctoral Network to recruit diverse faculty.

8) University Policies
In Progress

University policies will be developed and updated to specifically address acts of racism, bullying, discrimination, harassment, and disruption of the institution’s mission. 

Completion Date: June 30, 2021.

  • Quarter I Results

    Time, Place & Manner Policy

    Currently Under Final Review

    This policy establishes guidelines to facilitate engagement in expressive activity and designates areas for expressive activity for University community members and the public. 

    Non-Discrimination & Harassment Policy

    Currently Under Review 

    This policy outlines the reporting process of a claim of a discrimination / harassment / sexual harassment / retaliation complaint made by an employee.   

    Academic Disruption Policy

    Currently Under Development

    This policy defines disruptive academic behavior which may interfere with any educational activity or environment and which may disrupt an orderly classroom, teaching process, or learning function.  


9) Incident Reporting
In Progress

The Bias, Discrimination and Prejudice Incident Reporting System will be publicized at the start of each semester. 

Completion Date: Ongoing.


10) Annual Report

An annual report will be disseminated to the campus community on the university’s progress toward addressing DEI issues. 

Completion Date: December 1, 2021.

  • Quarter I Results

    The annual report is to be completed by December 1, 2021.  Please check back for updates.

1) Current Employee Training

Faculty and staff will be required to participate in Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and anti-bias training this semester.  

Completion Date: March 15, 2021. 

In Progress

Employees will also be strongly encouraged to attend ongoing D&I training and workshops provided weekly (a list of subjects that area addressed during these workshops is listed here).  

Completion Date: Ongoing.

  • Quarter I Results
    • As of March 22, 2021, 67% of employees have completed the DEI Online Training. Managers are following up with employees who did not complete the training. Updates will be available July 1.
    • As of Feb 17, 2021, the following number of employees have participated in 1 or more D & I Workshops:
      • Fall 2020: 217 employees
      • Spring 2021: 189 employees
    • In March, 97 non-represented employees participated in a Centering DEI @ ESU workshop facilitated by CollegeCode Inc.

2) New Student Training
In Progress

New students will be required to participate in DEI and anti-bias training. 

Completion Date: September 1, 2021.

  • Quarter I Results
    • In Fall 2020, 40% of new students completed the EVERFI DEI Online Training.
    • The university is exploring options to increase completion rates.

3) Data Transparency
In Progress

The university will review institutional data in order to identify, evaluate and publicize areas where greater diversity is needed and make them hiring priorities in future University searches. 

Completion Date: April 1, 2021.

  • Quarter I Results
    Data is currently being reviewed and formatted, please check back regularly for updates.

4) Diverse Hiring
In Progress

The university will strongly pursue hiring efforts of ESU's faculty and staff to mirror the diverse composition of our student enrollment, consistent with ESU's comprehensive plan.

Completion Date: Ongoing. 


5) New Employee Training
In Progress

New employees will be required to take DEI and bias training within their first 30 days. 

Completion Date: Ongoing.

  • Quarter I Results
    • Human Resources will include this information in New Employee Orientation and packages.
    • Human Resources will track completion rates.

6) Search Committee Training
In Progress

Employees participating on search committees must receive recruitment training that addresses DEI and bias. 

Completion Date: Ongoing. 

  • Quarter I Results
    • As of February 17, 2021, 84 employees have participated in anti-bias recruitment training.

7) Applicant Pools
In Progress

Searches for open positions will be specifically advertised to attract a diverse pool of applicants. 

Completion Date: Ongoing.

  • Quarter I Results
    • The list of diverse professional organization has and will continue to be updated and used to advertise new position searches.
    • ESU collaborates with organizations such as the Southern Regional Education Board and the Black Doctoral Network to recruit diverse faculty.

8) University Policies
In Progress

University policies will be developed and updated to specifically address acts of racism, bullying, discrimination, harassment, and disruption of the institution’s mission. 

Completion Date: June 30, 2021.

  • Quarter I Results

    Time, Place & Manner Policy

    Currently Under Final Review

    This policy establishes guidelines to facilitate engagement in expressive activity and designates areas for expressive activity for University community members and the public. 

    Non-Discrimination & Harassment Policy

    Currently Under Review 

    This policy outlines the reporting process of a claim of a discrimination / harassment / sexual harassment / retaliation complaint made by an employee.   

    Academic Disruption Policy

    Currently Under Development

    This policy defines disruptive academic behavior which may interfere with any educational activity or environment and which may disrupt an orderly classroom, teaching process, or learning function.  


9) Incident Reporting
In Progress

The Bias, Discrimination and Prejudice Incident Reporting System will be publicized at the start of each semester. 

Completion Date: Ongoing.


10) Annual Report

An annual report will be disseminated to the campus community on the university’s progress toward addressing DEI issues. 

Completion Date: December 1, 2021.

  • Quarter I Results

    The annual report is to be completed by December 1, 2021.  Please check back for updates.

Contact Us

Contact the President's Office at (570) 422-3545 or president@esu.edu.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Reibman Administration Building 204
Phone:
(570) 422-3545
Fax:
(570) 422-3478 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Interim President, East Stroudsburg University
Name
Kenneth Long, M.B.A.
Phone:
(570) 422-3545