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​CAFÉ's entire mission is directly aligned with the fourth pillar of Queens strategic framework​, which identifies investing in employee development, recruitment, and retention as a high priority. More specifically, CAFÉ will support Queens strategic framework in the following ways:

1. Provide and expand leadership development for current and prospective department chairs and program directors to maximize the ability of Queens faculty to achieve excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service and engage in activities that support Queens strategic framework.

  • Foster ongoing exchange of leadership and management knowledge among current and prospective academic leaders.
  • Provide consultations and assistance to department and program leaders on specific projects.
  • Facilitate current and prospective academic leaders' access to fundamental resources in leadership and management.
  • Provide opportunities for department chairs and program directors to apply for CAFÉ funding​ to support their faculty in engaging in activities aligned with Queens strategic framework.​

2. Provide support for faculty to engage in multidisciplinary research and academic program development efforts that connect Queens to its broader community.

  • Partner with Academic Community Engagement to create a database of faculty research and community engagement interests and skills to support faculty in quickly identifying new productive partnerships with faculty at Queens, members of the broader community, and other collaborators.
  • Showcase faculty accomplishments in multidisciplinary research and provide opportunities for faculty to exchange knowledge about how to plan for productive partnerships across disciplines and institutions.
  • Provide intellectual and financial support to assist faculty in initiating, planning for, and executing multidisciplinary research projects.
  • Provide consultations for individual faculty and faculty groups engaged in multidisciplinary research and academic programs.
3. Provide professional development for faculty in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Provide collegial intellectual support to assist faculty in designing, developing, and delivering courses for greater inclusion, equity, and access to learning.
  • Initiate and sustain the Rising TIDE (Teaching for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity) program, which provides financial and collegial intellectual support for faculty to revise targeted courses by applying techniques for inclusive teaching and learning to course redesign and course redevelopment.
  • Provide consultations for individual faculty and faculty groups seeking ways to revise courses and curricula to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible to all.
  • Model and advocate for the provision of accessible materials to support all employees and students.
  • Provide collegial support for faculty and academic leaders on how to foster an inclusive climate for employees and students.​