Championing Diversity

The college is dedicated to diversity – attracting, recruiting and retaining a varied student and faculty base and promoting diversity and connection between groups, across cultures and within all the communities we serve. We champion diversity through scholarship, community and stewardship. We want all our students to see themselves here and to find a home where they can flourish and make a difference.

We're preparing the next generation of world-changers to not only think and do, but to face the challenges of a national and global workforce. We welcome all backgrounds, including ethnicity, culture, race, gender, class, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, learning styles and political perspectives.

We value and celebrate diversity. We're committed to enhancing a climate within our college that actively embraces diversity — in our recruitment of students, faculty and staff, and as we support people once they're here.

Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi - Distinguished Professor and Assistant Dean for Diversity

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Diversity Lecture and Panel Discussion Series

How can we teach effectively about diversity? What are the implications for our students, our staff and our communities? This series brings together faculty from departments and disciplines in the college and shares best practices. We invite nationally-known leaders in higher education to complement and extend our conversations about diversity beyond the classroom.

This groundbreaking series enables our faculty to integrate diversity in all we do.

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There are many ways to understand and experience life in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; our diverse student body and faculty play significant roles in shaping our understandings and experiences.

Joe Johnson, MSW, Humanities and Social Sciences Student Diversity Coordinator

Diversity in Thought, Word and Deed

We’re using our resources to support, enhance and expand diversity in our college and on our campus. Whether  through financial support for students, recruitment and retention of faculty and staff or support for scholarly inquiry, we are dedicated to embracing and expanding diversity. A few examples:

  • Each department in our college has created and maintains a diversity recruitment and retention plan for faculty of color. Annual reports highlight their efforts and achievements.
  • We offer a program designed specifically to recruit high achieving, under-represented students into pursuing undergraduate and graduate education.
  • We meet with every hiring committee before it starts a faculty search to ensure we reach out to diverse candidates.

While individuals and disciplines may look at the same issues and come to markedly different conclusions, we share common values of intellectual rigor, curiosity and interest in understanding new and different perspectives and people.

Opportunities for Scholarships, Student Involvement and Academic Options

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