Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is the newest executive-level administrative unit at Tarleton State University. Dr. Sherri Benn was named Tarleton State University’s inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in October 2021 and the division has already begun to initiate several strategic priorities across Tarleton’s multi-campus institution and surrounding communities.

The mission of the Division of DEI is to lead institutional-level diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to advance and enhance an equitable, accessible, diverse, and inclusive campus culture. The Division of DEI provides programs, services and outreach in support of the diverse students, staff, and faculty community of Tarleton through cross-divisional partnerships and initiatives. The following departments are within the Division of DEI: The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and International Programs, and Disability Resources.  As the division advances Goal III of the Tarleton Forward Strategic Plan more DEI units, programs and services are on the horizon.

The DEI Division office is located in the Thompson Student Center, suite 218.  For additional information or assistance, contact a member of the Division at 254-968-5060 or visit www.tarleton.edu/DEI    

Divisional Tarleton Forward Strategic Plan Goals

Goal #1

Build and sustain the infrastructure to enhance a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the University and within the communities we serve.

Goal #2

Enhance academic, financial, and wellness support to become a premier destination for underrepresented populations and promote equitable outcomes for all students and employees.

Goal #3

Integrate intercultural experiences for students, faculty, and staff to increase appreciation of diverse perspectives that expand our cultural intelligence and competencies.

Joe R. and Dr. Teresa Lozano Long Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and International Programs (Lozano Long ODIIP)

The Lozano Long Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and International Programs is committed to celebrating diversity, promoting inclusion, and pursuing equity. Through student advocacy, programs training, and affirmation, the Lozano Long ODIIP supports underrepresented student populations on campus and provides support services to our international students from more than 28 countries. To learn more about the programs offered through the Lozano Long ODIIP, visit www.tarleton.edu/diversity or call 254-968-9488.

Disability Resources

Tarleton is proud of the spectrum of diverse identities represented within our campus community.  We have a strong commitment to meeting the diverse academic and support needs of students with disabilities by providing resources, connection, community, support, referral services and information in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (www.ada.gov) and other applicable laws. The Disability Resources staff interact and collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to achieve an equitable learning environment for students with disabilities at Tarleton State University. If you are a student with a disability seeking an accommodation, please contact Disability Resources at 254.968.9400 or visit https://www.tarleton.edu/drt.