An easier way to buy and support VDIThere was a time, not so long ago, when moving from traditional PCs to a virtual desktop infrastructure solution was really challenging. You need tight compatibility between compute, storage, networking, hypervisor, connection broker, protocol, application or OS delivery, user personalization and endpoints – all to ensure the best end-user experience, the key to a successful VDI deployment. It isn’t uncommon for a traditional VDI implementation of 100 applications and 1,000 users to take 250 days or more and the final cost was often unpredictable. Then after all that, if something goes wrong and you call for support, vendor finger-pointing abounds or the project is outright cancelled.Dell, is making it easier to buy, implement and support VDI with Dell EMC VDI Complete Solutions, a unique, end-to-end client virtualization solution than with one number for purchase, and for the first time, one for support. These solutions are made up of a combination of these industry-leading components:Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) using Dell EMC VxRail or vSAN ReadyNodes (RN) on Dell EMC PowerEdge serversvSAN ReadyNodes are built for rapid deployment and building block scalabilityVxRail is built for turnkey deployment, cluster flexibility and streamlined management ExpandedFocused on higher performance use cases including persistent desktops, rich, virtualized graphic capabilities, power users or larger implementationsConfigured for approximately 800 task users, and based on a four-node clusterNVIDIA GRID M10 and M60 virtualized graphics (vGPU) are available on the Expanded options, ensuring high performance end user experiences VMware vSphere and Horizon softwareDell endpoints: Wyse thin clients or OptiPlex micro PCsFlexible consumption models with payment solutions by Dell Financial Services (DFS)**The solution is highly customizable with three levels to meet a variety of needs. While these configurations are offered as a standard, our Dell experts can help determine the exact requirements to achieve your business goals. The Dell EMC VDI Complete Solutions levels are:StarterFocused on small and medium businesses (SMB) or as proof-of-concept implementationsConfigured for approximately 125 task worker users At the endpoint, industry-leading Wyse thin clients are highly secure and easy to manage. Organizations can choose the Wyse 3030, 3040 or 5060 thin clients based on either Wyse ThinOS or Wyse ThinLinux firmware. The Wyse 5060 also comes with a Windows Embedded option. For those that require a full-fledged PC, the OptiPlex 3050 or 5050 micro PCs are available as an option with this solution. All are optimized to work with VMware’s Blast Extreme protocol, ensuring high performance virtualized desktops and apps in any network condition.Dell EMC VDI Complete Solutions can reduce implementation by 50 percent with the latest validated VDI hardware and software, all leveraging the power of Dell Technologies, with one call to make for purchase and support. It is truly an easier way to buy, implement and support VDI.While VDI Complete Solutions are great for organizations looking for an on-prem, flexible consumption VDI solution, we know there are other ways to consume VDI. For organizations looking for the speed and flexibility of an off-prem, cloud-based solution, Dell offers virtual desktops and applications through Horizon Cloud, hosted on cloud infrastructure managed by VMware.Learn more here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWPhTMOEXMg EssentialsFocused on general desktop and app virtualization for a wide range of task and knowledge workersConfigured for approximately 600 task worker users, and based on a three-node cluster
The weeks leading up to the publishing of our 2020 D&I Report have been incredibly difficult. Here in the U.S. and across the globe, we have grieved the murders of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor and others. We have reflected on the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on minorities and watched as people of all colors and creeds engage in justified civil unrest against longstanding racial injustice around the world. Here at Dell Technologies, Michael Dell asked us all to take the time to listen and think about our role in driving change.It is now time for our listening to turn to action.As we work to achieve racial equity, one quote from Dr. Martin Luther King resonates: “We cannot walk alone, and as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.” These last several weeks have revealed hard truths — about ourselves and our communities. But while there are problems we must solve, I have never felt so inspired by the collective will to do better. We will never go back to the way things were.At Dell Technologies, we know we have work to do. Today, our senior leadership does not reflect the diversity of the people we serve. In this report, you’ll see data and initiatives that represent our workforce and efforts between Feb. 1, 2019 and Jan. 31, 2020. This report, and our 2030 goals, are important tools to keep us accountable. Of the 22 Progress Made Real goals, two in particular will propel us forward in the area of diversity and inclusion. By 2030:50 percent of our global workforce and 40 percent of our global people leaders will be those who identify as women.25 percent of our U.S. workforce and 15 percent of our U.S. people leaders will be Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino minorities.Achieving racial equity will also mean solving socioeconomic disparity. This requires our ongoing commitment to remove racial bias, increase representation, champion truly inclusive policies, and support the Black community inside and outside our four walls. Our first phase of action outlines our executive leadership’s accountability for these commitments — ensuring diverse hiring, retention, development and promotion, as well as the inclusion of diverse team members in succession planning. Data-driven plans are in place for each Dell Technologies leader to drive diversity on their team.And it is equally important we are tuned into the discussions happening externally and responding in ways that demonstrate our commitment to positive change. It’s why we made the decision to pause our Facebook activity while they work to address issues of hate speech brought to light by the #StopHateforProfit movement. We’re also taking steps to eliminate non-inclusive language from content across our global operations and engage with peers and communities to establish new industry-standard inclusive language. These are just some of the ways we’re continuously looking across the business to make sure our practices align with our commitment to inclusion.As we look ahead, our larger remote workforce means we can attract the best talent from every corner of the globe, as proximity to a specific location will no longer be a priority. We will continue to champion for inclusive policies that support women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with different abilities and other underrepresented groups. These conversations will be ongoing, as we continue to identify — with intention — the further actions we can take.And throughout our discussions, we will not let up on transparency, accountability or our end goal — to achieve racial equity and be the employer of choice for all.
Computer vision is becoming an important technology across many industries. In industrial and manufacturing applications, computer vision is being used to locate components on a conveyor belt, identify flaws, and assist a robot in removing defective parts. Security systems can provide automated surveillance, and retail video systems can track employees and customers throughout a store. Computer vision is also a core technology for autonomous vehicles. Today, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) will alert drivers if a person or other vehicle is behind the car or in a blind spot. When combined with artificial intelligence (AI), the capabilities of computer vision systems can be extended in innovative and disruptive ways. For example, a basic function of a computer vision system is object detection. A simple implementation of object detection is to scan an area of interest within the field of vision to see if the background changes. With AI, object detection can be implemented in more complex situations, such as with the background changing as a vehicle backs up.AI also makes object identification possible. For example, a security system that calls the police whenever the neighbor’s cat crosses the lawn is more of a problem than a solution. With AI, computers can identify objects and classify them into useful categories. With sufficient accelerated compute and scale-out storage resources, a system could discern different behaviors. In retail spaces, for example, computers can identify when a customer picks up an item, then puts it back on the shelf after deciding not to buy it, so the retailer can take action to recover the sale.Modelling vs ProgrammingOne of the most important aspects of AI for computer vision is that AI is modeled, not programmed. In a traditional computer system, a programmer explicitly outlines all of the factors used to identify an object or behavior. Objects can have a wide variance, and behaviors can be extremely complex. When a situation arises that wasn’t accounted for by the programmers, the system must throw an exception. Accounting for the exception requires additional programming, which in turn requires an update and potentially recertification, depending upon the application.With AI models, systems can dynamically adapt and learn. AI models are flexible in that they can still identify objects and behaviors that were not taken into account when the model was made. If the model handles the object properly, no changes are needed. If a different response is required, the AI model can be reconfigured based on the new data. The new data can be added to the data set that originally generated the model to update the model without the need for extensive manual reprogramming.This adaptive nature of AI also drives innovation forward at an accelerated pace. Traditionally, computer vision systems can only implement insights that a person working with limited data can arrive at. With AI, every interaction from every deployed system can become part of the working data set. Consider a defect detection system that has a higher than average false identification rate. Traditionally, developers will only have access to this data if the customer reports the problem and allows access to their operational data. Developers then have to analyze the data manually to try and uncover the issue.With AI, a control system can automatically identify the higher false identification rate. Analysis of working data can be performed in parallel with regular operation. When the issue is uncovered, the control system can provide the data required to update the AI model. This update can then be propagated out across deployed devices. All of this can occur with minimal human interaction.AI at the EdgeTo achieve the real-time responsiveness that many systems require, computer vision AI must take place close to the edge. Video processing involves large data sets, so there must be appropriate processing and storage resources out close to the edge to avoid the latency associated with trying to upload streaming video to the cloud. To simplify processing, storage is also ideally transparent, meaning the system does not have to necessarily need know where the data is actually stored to make optimal use of it. Furthermore, storage needs to work seamlessly with accelerated compute resources while being able to scale-out locally to meet increasing capacity demands.With all these requirements, the journey of bringing AI to the edge can seem overwhelming. However, it is clear that AI is the future of computer vision and that it is forward-thinking OEMs who will be the ones to claim the greatest market share of the new possibilities enabled by this technology.By partnering with Dell Technologies, OEMs can take advantage of our world-leading expertise through specialized services like developing an Artificial Intelligence strategy and our expansive portfolio of AI solutions like the Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI and Reference Architectures for AI. Our flexible solutions combining NVIDIA GPU accelerated compute with Dell EMC Isilon’s high performance, high bandwidth scale-out storage solutions simplify data management for training even the most complex computer vision deep learning models.Dell Technologies is at the forefront of AI innovation to help you make tomorrow possible. Learn more about how computer vision AI is changing the world at my on demand session on Platform considerations from Proof-of-Concepts to Large Scale AI Deployments.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is changing up the way it is delivering coronavirus vaccines and moving to a more centralized system that should streamline appointment sign-up, notification and eligibility for nearly 40 million residents. But few detais were released Tuesday, and counties, which have been leading the vaccine effort, say they need more information. A private third-party administrator will work with a new statewide secretary to decide where the state’s supply of vaccine should go. California has been criticized for vaccinating so few people even amid a national vaccine shortage that appears to be the main bottleneck. At the same time, residents are frustrated by eligibility rules that vary by county and by hospital system.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have held their first conversation as counterparts in a phone call that underscored troubled relations and the delicate balance between the former Cold War foes. According to the White House, Biden raised concerns Tuesday about the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, Russia’s alleged involvement in a massive cyber espionage campaign and reports of Russian bounties on American troops in Afghanistan. The Kremlin, meanwhile, focused on Putin’s response to Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control treaty.
The books are commercial free — they contain no references to movies, television shows, or toy brands — and they are both fun and educational, she said. The fair will continue today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium. The Learning Tree may charge for their services and supplies, but Fogle said this is not to make a profit. Usborne Books will donate 50 percent of all sales from the book fair at the College in the form of free books to the Learning Tree. All of the books sold at the fair are published by Usborne Books, a company founded in England that has been a presence in the United States for the past 20 years. “Last year’s [book fair] was very successful and we received a very nice selection of books,” she said. Fogle said the book fair was planned before Christmas due to the hectic nature that comes with the end of the academic semester. Usborne books are published in 71 languages. Due to their international audience, Usborne books tend to be culturally neutral, Richards said. The Learning Tree is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in 251 Madaleva Hall. Jayne Fogle, director of the Learning Tree, said last year’s book fair “turned out very nicely” for the center. Usborne Books, a supplier of educational materials, and the Learning Tree, a resource education center that benefits Saint Mary’s students and faculty as well as teachers and parents in the Michiana community, co-sponsored a book fair, which began Tuesday at the College. The selection of books covers a wide range of topics including history, science and fictional stories as well as activity and learning books. “We charge for everything because we do not have a budget,” she said. “However, the prices are reasonable as they are only used to replenish the materials.” “The Learning Tree has all the resources and more that I need for my field placement,” Bartzen said. “Jayne Fogle has all the teacher manuals, workbooks, and activities for us to refer to when creating units and plans. Also with the Ellison cutters and hundreds of cut outs the variety for projects and displays is endless.” She said she hopes students will be able to purchase books as Christmas gifts and that education majors at the College will be able to buy materials for some of their classes. While the Learning Tree is mainly focused on education majors at Saint Mary’s, other College students and teachers from the South Bend School district come to the center for learning materials, Fogle said. There are books for a variety of ages and the selection is quite diverse, Usborne consultant Karen Richards said. “I really like that we are able to have something like this on campus,” Bartzen said. “It is hard to know what to buy considering I do not know the grade level I will be teaching next year, but I know that it will be a great resource for when I do.” Richards, a former teacher, is an advocate for Usborne published books because of their educational value and good quality. Though she has not yet purchased anything from the book fair, Elementary Education major Natalie Bartzen hopes she will be able to benefit from the fair’s selection in the future. Bartzen said she believes the center is a valuable resource. The Learning Tree sells a myriad of learning materials including educational games that focus on science, math, and language arts and other educational supplies. Most of the materials are geared towards students ranging from preschool to sixth grade. Education students at Saint Mary’s are able to check out the books at the Learning Tree to help with their class projects and to be used when they are student teaching. Students who tutor at local schools in the community are also available to check out books.
Repairs of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) are set to continue this week in response to a flood that damaged the lower level of the building on Dec. 12.The flood was caused by a break in a six-inch water line that served DPAC’s fire protection system, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said. The exact cause of the water line break is unknown, he said.“There are currently several theories as to why [the break] occurred, but we may never know the exact cause,” Brown said. “We have taken several measures to reinforce this connection and are evaluating similar connections in other buildings.”Brown said mechanical and electrical equipment in the DPAC mechanical room, as well as lower level floors and walls were damaged. The flood also resulted in a 45-minute delay of a football awards ceremony being held in the building, DPAC facilities manager Alex Scheidler said.Scheidler said there were initially six inches of water in most rooms on the lower level of the building and three feet of water in the mechanical room where the break occurred. A quick response by the University prevented further damage, he said.“It was amazing because by that night, the first response team stayed all night,” he said. “So they arrived at about 10 p.m. give or take, and they were here until 6 in the morning – and then another crew came and replaced them and they worked through the day Saturday.”Film, Television and Theater (FTT) department chair Jim Collins said because of this quick response, the flooding did not impact students’ final exams. The impact of the damage will continue to be minimal for both students and faculty, he said.“Since the flooding occurred on the Friday night before exam week, the response crews were able to make significant head-way over the weekend,” Collins said. “The impact on FTT courses was limited to moving final exams to other locations in the DPAC on the Monday of exam week. The classrooms on the lower level were at least operational for test-taking the rest of the week. We’ve been given the “all-clear” to go back to using the classrooms as we did before but we’ll know more after the first week of the semester.”However, there is still more to be done in the coming weeks, Brown said.“There are still repairs going on as the baseboard material had to be ordered, some of the floor tiles became loose and needed to be replaced and the carpet in several offices is being replaced,” he said.Scheidler said what’s been accomplished so far is already impressive.“The response on the University’s part … the fire chief said he’s worked at other places and he said in the real world, this wouldn’t be happening, Scheidler said. “… Normally, in another building somewhere in town if this had happened, you’d just have caution tape and no one would be going in the space except the people working to clean it up. So it was remarkable to have all the resources and a quick response.”But the flood still provides an opportunity for improvement, Scheidler said.“I think there’s a great opportunity to improve things, as far as evacuation and things like that,” he said. “There are things we are able to improve — they went well, but it’s an opportunity to see what could be better. That’s the good that comes out of it.”Tags: DPAC, DPAC Flood, Facilities, FTT
Eric Richelsen | The Observer Monday evening, the Gender Studies Program and the Department of Film, Television & Theater co-sponsored Notre Dame alumnus Christian Murphy’s presentation on how his company uses comedy to combat relationship violence.Murphy is the co-founder and executive director of Catharsis Productions, an organization that uses humor and theater to open conversation and awareness about sexual violence. Murphy said he and co-founder Dr. Gail Stern started Catharsis Production in the hope that they could use their passion for theater to make a difference.“[Stern and I] both had people very close to us who had been victims of rape, especially while we were in college and we recognized the dearth of sexual assault awareness programs that weren’t dry, pedantic and really uncomfortable to the audience that they were trying to serve,” Murphy said. “So we wrote a play called ‘Sex Signals’ … We did this with the hope of using humor and audience interaction as tools to open up a dialogue with audiences that may have felt they didn’t want have this conversation.”Murphy said when the audiences in these productions are asked to raise their hand if they think rape is wrong, there has never been a person who has left his or her hand down. He said this begs the question: why is sexual assault still happening if everyone knows it is wrong? One of the main reasons is lack of awareness, he said. Catharsis Productions, Murphy said, hopes to meet audiences where they’re at to show them that sexual assault is very real.According to Murphy, Catharsis Productions’ main audiences are college campuses and the military. While the organization’s first audience was a college campus, today, every soldier coming into the United States Army is required to see “Sex Signals,” Murphy said.Beyond awareness, Murphy said Catharsis Productions looks to educate its audiences on bystander intervention strategies and their social responsibilities to potential victims.“We challenge [the audience] to call out aggressive behavior or sexist or demeaning comments,” Murphy said. “We expect them to intervene when they see others taking advantage of a friend that may appear drunk. We urge them to hold their own friends accountable when their friends look to take advantage of other people in vulnerable situations. And we do all this by providing various examples of how they can intervene in safe, non-confrontational ways.”Murphy said Catharsis Productions hopes to one day change the world.“The Catharsis Productions mission statement is to change the world by producing innovative, accessible and research-supported programing that shifts oppressive attitudes and transforms behavior,” Murphy said.Tags: Catharsis Productions, Notre Dame, Sex Signals, sexual assault awareness
Judicial Council issued a press release early Friday morning announcing the “complete suspension” of junior Corey Robinson’s campaign until 12 a.m. Tuesday.Robinson, a receiver on the University football team, and sophomore Rebecca Blais are candidates for student body president and vice president, respectively.The suspension comes as a result of supposed violations of section 17.1(d) of the student union constitution. The section details the specific times and places candidates may campaign for the student body election.“Section 17.1(d) was violated due to an interview which was conducted with a media outlet before campaigning could constitutionally begin; this interview was determined to constitute campaigning,” Judicial Council said in the press release.The campaign period officially began Jan. 26 when Judicial Council announced the three tickets that had received sufficient petition signatures to secure a spot on the ballot in next Wednesday’s election.Juniors Louis Bertolotti and Elizabeth Fenton as well as juniors Dominic Alberigi and Jennifer Cha will also appear on the ballot.Judicial Council declined to answer which interview led to the allegations filed last week, however a number of local and national media outlets including The Observer, ESPN and Bleacher Report reported Robinson’s candidacy the day it was announced.Both the Bertolotti-Fenton and Alberigi-Cha tickets released statements Sunday night in response to the sanctions.“It is always a shame to see an allegation filed, especially this early into the campaign,” the Bertolotti-Fenton ticket said in the statement. “Our ticket has the utmost respect for the constitution of the student union, and we hope that it will be respected for the remainder of the campaign by every candidate and by whatever administration eventually takes office.”The Alberigi-Cha ticket said they hope to avoid further distractions throughout the remainder of the campaign period.“It saddens us to see the fair election process broken down by violations, because they distract from the candidates’ platforms,” the Alberigi-Cha ticket said. “All of us have intriguing ideas to offer, which should be presented to the students in an honest manner. We truly believe that ideas, passion and capability should ultimately determine who wins this election, and we trust our peers to vote in the best interest of the Irish family.“We sincerely hope that the remainder of the campaign period will be conducted with greater fairness and respect.”The student body debate will take place next Monday Feb. 8 in the basement of LaFortune Student Center, and the election will occur Wednesday Feb. 10.The Robinson-Blais campaign did not respond to The Observer’s request for a comment.Tags: Corey Robinson, Notre Dame, Student government
“We have not only top-down focus, but we have bottom-up momentum. When you have one or the other, it’s hard to get that change. But when you have both, you at least have the promise of change,” Hugh Page, vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs, as well as the dean of the first year of studies program, said in a town hall on diversity and inclusion Monday evening.The event was sponsored by the Diversity Council and featured a panel of administrators including Page, Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president for student affairs, Maureen Dawson, assistant dean in the first year of studies program, and Maura Ryan, associate provost and vice president for faculty affairs. The panel was moderated by John Duffy, the Francis O’Malley Director of the University Writing Program and associate professor of English. Chris Collins Administrators, left to right, Maura Ryan, Maureen Dawson and Hugh Page gathered Monday evening to discuss issues of diversity and inclusion in a town hall sponsored by Diversity Council.In his opening remarks, student body president Bryan Ricketts said the University has a “checkered history” on inclusion and diversity efforts.“Our University chose not to admit women until 1972. Its first black student came in by accident through a Navy training program that assumed he was white. Even within the past five years, gaining full recognition for our LGBTQ students took, in part, a sustained student movement, and many of the initiatives you will hear about tonight owe some of their urgency to the Call to Action, a collective action that began after the Black Student Association and African Student Association found fried chicken parts in their mailboxes,” he said.Exploring pathways forward on issues of diversity and inclusion will require sustained dialogue, Ricketts said.“The initiatives that will be presented tonight have been praised by some faculty and students for being a clearly demonstrated commitment to progress and criticized by others for being too little and too late,” he said. “Finding a path forward that respects both of these viewpoints is a challenge accepted by our presenters, and I would like to thank them for their demonstrated commitment to these issues.“But I am hopeful that at a University whose mission statement ‘requires, and is enriched by, the presence and voices of diverse scholars and students’ and perhaps more importantly ‘prides itself on being an environment of teaching and learning that fosters the development in its students,’ together, we will be able to fully realize its call to be a home of learning and growth for all members of the human family.”Diversity recommendationsHoffmann Harding said the division of student affairs adopted a set of 21 diversity recommendations in the spring of 2014, as a result of 160 interviews conducted with students, faculty and staff, and prompted by data from surveys on student satisfaction with campus life.Notre Dame students experience a level of overall satisfaction that is significantly higher than the average of peer institutions, however, in regards to diversity, students experience a level of satisfaction that is much lower than the average of these peer institutions, Hoffmann Harding said.“In every single group, including I might add, majority students, white students, our satisfaction with the level of diversity on our campus is much lower than our peers,” she said. “I’d like to look, in part, on that result as a shared vision … we all know we can benefit from a more diverse environment here at Notre Dame.”The 21 diversity recommendations are re-evaluated every six months and grouped into four categories, Hoffmann Harding said.“I make no representation, however, that they are perfect, nor the complete and total and final answer as to how we will ultimately will meet that climate result — which is what I would ultimately love to see,” she said. “It’s a list that should and must continue to evolve and change.”The goal of the recommendations in the first group is to improve the presence and readiness of division of student affairs staff to serve a diverse student body, she said.The goal of the second group of recommendations is to augment services offered by Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS), and the goal of the third group of recommendations is support for students with high socioeconomic need.“Remember, we walked into this endeavor and this study by looking at results that were cut by race and ethnicity,” she said. “ … What we heard from many students is ‘hey, you’re missing something in terms of welcome and inclusion on campus,’ and that’s that students, regardless of their ethnicity, might not feel welcome on this campus or feel that they’re able to succeed as quickly as possible because they come from a very distinct and different set of economic circumstances.”The goal of the fourth group of recommendations is a visible commitment to diversity, which includes posting the “Spirit of Inclusion” statement in residence halls and student affairs offices, as well as honoring a graduating senior who promoted a spirit of diversity and inclusion during his or her time on campus with the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award.Moreau First-Year ExperiencePage said the Moreau First-Year Experience was created in a four-year process, that included “brainstorming, conversation, reflection and strategic planning.” The creation of the Moreau First-Year Experience was centered around Basil Moreau’s vision of education, as an enterprise that is “helping young people to completeness.”“The goal of the entire process was to address one simple question: What can we do to welcome and orient, over an extended period of time, Notre Dame’s newest students?” he said. “And to do so in a way that is consistent with the educational charism of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and that invites everyone to be part of a larger project that involves the building of a diverse and welcoming community, in which students are broadly attentive to issues of wellness, intellectual climate, discernment and the like.”Dawson said the Moreau First Year Experience is structured so the topic of diversity is addressed multiple times throughout the academic year.“We wanted to build into Moreau a sense of weekly conversation and iterative learning, that topics that are important come back in different ways across the year,” she said.The tenor of the course is one of “welcome and inclusion,” Dawson said, continuing themes emphasized in Welcome Weekend.“Welcome Weekend, that first contact at Notre Dame, was really about understanding this place, getting to know people and hopefully getting a sense of how to make a mark, how to make a Notre Dame experience both an individual statement and one of unity,” she said.A primary goal of the Moreau First-Year Experience, going forward, Page said, will be greater training of instructors to facilitate “difficult” conversations on topics like diversity and inclusion.“What we really put in place is kind of a revolutionary teaching concept: the idea that the person who serves as the instructor in the classroom, will not necessarily be the expert … but in many respects be a fellow traveler with you,” he said.Office of the provostRyan said initiatives in the office of the provost to increase diversity and inclusion among faculty have been informed by a 2013 climate survey. The office has hired a director for academic diversity and inclusion, who will begin in April.“All of us in the provost’s office consider diversity and inclusion to be our most significant initiative this year,” she said. “We engaged since last summer in broad diversity and inclusion training for our academic leaders, and we will continue that endeavor.”Provosts, deans, institute directors and department chairs have participated in training programs so far, Ryan said. “Our hope is to expand that training to wider circles of faculty and, in particular, faculty that are involved in search committees, committees on appointments and promotions, faculty who are serving on provost’s advisory council,” she said. “I think what was particularly helpful was what are the particular challenges here at Notre Dame in identifying issues of inclusion and exclusion, in issues of diversity.” Tags: Diversity, inclusion, Moreau First Year Experience, town hall meeting