One of the ways in which Drake is working to attract students of color is through Crew Scholars:
"Crew Scholars is an academic and professional development program for students of color here on campus. This group has become my family away from family. The people are amazing, and I know there is always going to be someone there to push me to do what I'm interested in doing. We've been able to visit with people at The Principal Financial Group and Nationwide Insurance to learn what their companies look for in candidates. Going into these big companies can be kind of intimidating, but having the people around me that I know I will be comfortable with leaves a little wiggle room for that nervousness to disappear." —Haley Davis, Crew Scholar, Digital Media Production majorX
With rich data and feedback from across campus, one of the first outcomes of the Campus Climate Assessment was the adoption of Drake's Statement on Diversity & Inclusion:
Drake University values diversity as an institutional strength that encompasses a broad range of human differences. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion acknowledges the role Drake University can play in redressing historic injustices that result in continued marginalization of members of specific groups, and seeks to understand and respond to contemporary calls for inclusivity as necessitated by social justice. Drake University moves past mere tolerance of diversity and creates a culture of inclusion that sees diversity of identities, backgrounds, and ideas as fundamental to our excellence and success as an institution.
At Drake University we commit to:
Bryce Dorff, an environmental science and policy major, gives back in a way that aligns with his professional goals at the Sprout community garden, located on campus:
"Drake has influenced my personal and professional life by affording me opportunities and challenging me through these experiences. Being a coordinator for the Sprout community garden has enabled me to grow as a student and leader—but also as a community member. The garden space serves as a reminder that there is much work to be done bridging the socioeconomic gap within our community and promoting healthy choices. In this way I could align my morals and professional development while creating positive sustainable change against a serious issue."X