The Student Advisory Council in Diversity and Inclusion (SACODI) is designed to provide a platform for undergraduate and graduate student leaders to promote diversity and inclusion at BGSU. SACODI is a subcommittee of PACODI that is managed by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG). Building a campus community that fosters, celebrates, and appreciates diversity and inclusion not only requires a commitment from faculty and administration, but also requires the invaluable input of students. SACODI, which began in 2017, has worked to advance past and present strategies centered on diversity and inclusion.
During the fall 2018 semester, the membership was revived and a new charge was set forth. Out of the need for a streamlined leadership, SACODI adopted a co-chair structure that included one undergraduate student from USG and one graduate student. There was also an emphasis placed on bringing students from key constituency organizations on campus (Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Latino Student Union, Queer/Trans Student Union) to participate on the advisory council. The following goals guide the work of SACODI at BGSU:
- Provide a platform for continuous exchange, communication, and collaboration between student groups at the university and in the community to promote diversity and inclusion;
- Highlight students’ experiences, efforts, and recommendations as they relate to diversity and inclusion programming and projects at the university and/or in the community;
- Facilitate the development of specific programming and projects that focus on promoting diversity and inclusion at the university and/or in the community; and
- Contribute to an infrastructure for the implementation of institutional plans regarding diversity and inclusion, particularly as they relate to the experience(s) of undergraduate and graduate students at the university.
Within the context of the charge, the co-chairs are tasked with setting an agenda at the start of each academic year to remain relevant and to address the needs of BGSU’s underrepresented communities.