Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The College of Arts and Sciences seeks to foster and support a respectful, inclusive, and accessible community of faculty, students, and staff. Through the skills and talents of individuals of different races, ethnicities, genders, sexual identities, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, religions, and national origins, the College develops, sustains, and supports research, curriculum, policies, and outreach to prepare responsible and critical citizens and leaders for an increasingly interconnected, globalized world. The College recognizes the systemic marginalization of under-represented groups in higher education and is committed to engaging in curriculum and policies that foster respect, greater understanding, and inclusion of all of its members. Please see here for more information about the College's Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to recruiting, retaining, and supporting underrepresented minority graduate students and we prioritize equity and inclusion across all aspects of graduate education and training. Curent strategic initiatives include establishing competitive recruitment offers for domestic and international graduate students; working with central administrative units to improve climate, inclusion, and diversity in graduate education; and elevating the quality and richness of the graduate student experience in the College through enhanced academic and non-academic career preparation. There is a graduate student representitive on the College's standing Inclusivity Committee and several Faculty Inclusion Fellows projects have centered on initiatives for graduate education and graduate students. The College of Arts and Sciences also partnered with several units across campus to develop the Inclusive Pedagogies Graduate Learning Community.

Interested graduate students should plan to attend the upcoming Open Forums scheduled for the Fall 2020 semester:

Open Forum: A Discussion on Support Systems for BIPOC Graduate Students in the College of Arts and Sciences
August 28th 12:00-1:30 p.m. -- Zoom registration information TBA

Please join Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Sarah Lyon, Associate Dean of Inclusion and Internationalization, Cristina Alcalde, Associate Professor of Anthropology and AAAS, Bertin Louis, and Assistant Professor of History, Eladio Bobadilla, for an open discussion of the College of Arts and Sciences 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Plan and Report. Help the College establish short- and long-term priorities and action items so that we can better support BIPOC graduate students.

 

Open Forum: A Discussion on Support Systems for First Generation Graduate Students in the College of Arts and Sciences
September 18th 1:00-2:30 p.m. -- Zoom registration information TBA

September 2020 (Date/Time TBD): Please join Sarah Lyon, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Cristina Alcalde, Associate Dean of Inclusion and Internationalization, James Lincoln, Coordinator of Graduate Student Community Enhancement, Alisha Mays, PhD Student in Anthropology, and Leah Vance, PhD Candidate in Higher Education and Policy Studies, for a disucssion of the first generation graduate student experience. Our goal is to build community and identify concrete ways that the College can support first generation graduate students.

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