The Faculty Senate Committee for Minority Affairs recently prepared a statement related to diversity, inclusion and equity that was subsequently endorsed by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.
The statement reads:
The Faculty Senate believes that diversity, inclusion and equity are sacred values for our campus. We recognize the years of systemic racism, discrimination, and injustice that have been experienced by black and brown individuals and we call on all faculty, staff, and students to stand with us to affect change on our campus and in our communities. This change begins with all of us working together to recognize our own implicit biases and the systemic discrimination that leads to inequality for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC). We must stand up for equality when we see discriminatory practices. Let us join together to end institutional discriminatory practices on our campus and in our communities.
Specific actions that can be taken by faculty, staff, and students are:
Review your department’s commitment to diversity, programs fostering research and pedagogy in diversity, and recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students. Consider what programs may enhance diversity within your department.
Consider how inclusion and diversity may be integrated into your research and teaching.