Lozano Long Division of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and International Programs

The Lozano Long Division of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and International Programs (DEIIP) 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 continues to initiate important strategic priorities across Tarleton’s multi-campus institution and surrounding communities.

The mission of the Division is to lead institutional-level diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to advance and enhance an equitable, accessible, diverse, and inclusive campus culture. Therefore, the Division 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 DEIIP: The Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Federal TRIO programs including Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and Student Support Services, and Disability Resources.  As the division advances Goal III of the Tarleton Forward Strategic Plan more DEIIP units, programs and services are on the horizon.

The DEIIP 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.

The Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

The Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging is committed to celebrating diversity, promoting inclusion, and pursuing equity. Through student advocacy, programs, services, training, and affirmation, the office 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 office, visit www.tarleton.edu/diversity or call 254-968-9488.

TRIO Programs (Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and Student Support Services)

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federally funded outreach and service programs designed to identify and provide service for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. At this time, Tarleton has three of the eight programs; One College program: Student Support Services and Two Pre-College programs: Talent Search and Upward Bound.  To learn more about TRIO programs, please visit www.tarleton.edu/trio or call 254-9678-9369

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.