Diversity Initiatives

The Faculty of Arts & Sciences values inclusiveness and believes that diversity is critical to equity and the pursuit of academic excellence. A diverse faculty, student body, curriculum, and administration together foster learning and enhance excellence. We seek to promote an environment of inclusion and to maintain a safe, nurturing community that is respectful of our differences and what we share in common.

Arts & Sciences defines diversity as encompassing differences in age, cultural identity, ethnicity, gender, faith, neurological makeup (neurodiversity), geographic background, military experience (veterans), political and ideological perspectives, race, sexual orientation, and social and economic status. We seek to support diversity in four domains:

  • The curriculum
  • Student recruitment, retention, and support
  • Faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention
  • Campus climate and resources

We embrace open inquiry and welcome individuals, perspectives, and ideas that reflect the heterogeneity of the United States and the world.

Each year the Dean updates the Action Plan for Diversity and Inclusion [pdf]. This evolving document sets forth short- and long-term goals and assesses progress toward meeting those goals. The plan is informed by the A&S Council on Diversity and Inclusion, which advises the Dean and oversees the individual action plans prepared by departments and programs.

In addition, the Spring 2019 A&S Task Force for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity has been charged with aggregating and analyzing feedback from the A&S Community and data from the climate survey and using that information to recommend “concrete, achievable, and measurable goals.”