The initiatives listed below are a result of ongoing conversations with faculty, staff, and trustees:
Support and expand programs to support first-generation college students that have been underway at UD and seek additional foundation and donor support. UD recently received significant support from the Constantin Foundation, which has committed to $750,000 over three years.
Former President Thomas S. Hibbs and Dr. Stacey Hibbs established this scholarship on the occasion of Former President Hibbs' inauguration. The scholarship honors Former President Hibbs' own path to college as a first-generation college student and make a UD education more affordable for first-generation students to come.
Establish a student mentoring program for first-generation students. Now active.
Continue Presidential Conversation series and include issues of race, difference and unity as well as the topic of the problem of civil discourse.
Expand communication and programming on Civil Rights policies for students, faculty and staff. Review all policies and practices in these areas.
Develop more ambitious and more expansive outreach programs to Dallas and Fort Worth high schools that serve under-represented student populations. Identify schools nationally, whose academic and faith profile indicate a high level of fit with UD, and seek recruitment opportunities.
Actively promote awareness of current scholarship arrangements for Cristo Rey and Bishop Dunne high school graduates and expand these. UD recently established a high-level partnership with Cristo Rey.
Build connections to the DFW Hispanic Catholic community by expanding opportunities for on-campus activities highlighting our Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine. Promote ongoing awareness of the presence of the Shrine.
Build relationships with key City of Irving stakeholders by participating in city events and activities, and positioning UD as a community resource and asset.
Continue to work with the Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees to advance its stated goal of attaining a more diverse membership.