Deep contemporary injustices, including economic inequality and systemic biases, have limited the opportunities and devalued the intellectual contributions of students, staff, and faculty on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, class, immigration status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, age, and veteran and military status.
To remove these barriers, we strive to recognize the diverse institutional needs of our students, staff, and faculty and to take responsibility for providing the resources necessary to meet those needs. We strongly believe that our intellectual endeavors are made more credible and rigorous when they include different peoples, places, approaches, and periodizations. We are committed to:
- Recruiting and retaining students, staff, and faculty from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints
- Promoting and participating in open and honest conversations about how we may become more respectful, sensitive, and responsive to the needs of students, staff, and faculty
- Supporting research projects that situate marginalized people, places, and themes at the center of inquiry
- Valuing education and mentorship, which we recognize as significant intellectual labors and vital components of a diverse and equitable department
- Cultivating a work environment free of exclusion and harassment, where all feel welcomed, supported, and respected
We are dedicated to the ongoing process of developing new resources to meet the diverse needs of our students, staff, and faculty. Some existing campus resources include: