Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Work
Photo credit: John Noltner
We strive to create a community where every member is regarded with respect and feels a sense of belonging. Social justice is a core value in CLA, and it is the job of all of us to advance equity and inclusion as we develop the core competencies of our students to engage diversity.
What We Mean
Diversity: Individual differences (e.g., personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations)
Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the cocurriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions
Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underserved populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion
Equity-Mindedness: "The term 'Equity-Mindedness' refers to the perspective or mode of thinking exhibited by practitioners who call attention to patterns of inequity in student outcomes. These practitioners are willing to take personal and institutional responsibility for the success of their students, and critically reassess their own practices. It also requires that practitioners are race-conscious and aware of the social and historical context of exclusionary practices in American Higher Education." (Center for Urban Education, University of Southern California)
Definitions from the Association of American Colleges & Universities
Our programming in CLA Undergraduate Education for Fall 2020 is specifically designed to help our students process, heal, and produce in the wake of turmoil and in the midst of change:
Trauma, Healing, and Radical Imagination
Inclusive Pedagogy: The Equitable Classroom Post George Floyd
Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month: What Does Justice Look Like as a Latinx Community?
Celebrating 22 Years of National Coming Out Day and Our Work for the Next Round
Indigenous Culture Week 2020
Protest, Power, and Identity Politics: BIPOC Social Justice Leadership Institute
Restoring Ourselves, Repairing Our Relationships
During Fall 2019, CLA students, faculty, and staff were photographed by John Noltner and asked, “What is the unique opportunity or challenge of talking about race at this moment in history?”
In our ongoing commitment to addressing issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion, during this academic year we will ask some of these same participants, “Where do we go from here?” in the struggle for racial equity and social justice.