Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity Statement for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies upholds cultural diversity as a guiding principle. It is essential to the success of SIS that we foster academic communities that empower members of a wide range of social identities and ancestries. This includes considering racial, ethnic, diasporic, economic, religious, gendered, and orientational distinctions. And as this range continues to grow with time, the development of knowledge and skills that accurately and ethically process cultural change becomes all the more necessary. Innovation is deeply embedded in SIS, as is partnership for the betterment of our communities, and success in both pursuits can be measured by gains in effective collaboration, which require intercultural competency.
But most importantly, we understand how every one of us inherit, inhabit, nurture, and cooperate with a multitude of communities subjected to histories that have real, lasting effects on the conditions we live in at present, and these histories have not distributed available resources and protections to all communities justly. To remedy this obstacle to equal opportunity and to better ensure that we attract, retain, and develop top talent to work on the issues and challenges that SIS is designed to improve, we are committed to establishing and evolving institutional frameworks that equitably incorporate the values, judgment, methods, and needs of people from historically disenfranchised communities.