The College of the Arts is fundamentally committed to access, equity, and inclusion as functional, transformational catalysts. Transformation is framed as the direct and demonstrative outcome(s) of the execution of systemic change. Therefore, we leverage access, equity, and inclusion as mechanisms for fostering the thriving, pluralistic diversity of our transformative community and correcting exclusionary and repressive systems. We recognize that in order to be the most innovative and responsive organization possible, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond, we must engage every opportunity to undo systemic oppression and marginalization operating in our structure. We are committed to transforming, through our practices of access, equity and inclusion, towards the goal of working within and creating a world characterized by accountability and justice.
We will cultivate a framework within which to share an evolving analysis of the dynamics of access, equity and inclusion as they function in the College of the Arts. Through this framework we will be able to assess how our current demographic diversities, and lack thereof, affect both majority and underrepresented faculty, staff, and students and the culture we steward together. Within the next five years we aspire to identify and dismantle obstacles to AEI ingrained in our curriculum, disciplinary practices, and various modes of interaction across the spectrum to include creating a process for lifelong learning, truth, and reconciliation. In addition, we aim to generate durable conditions to foster a culture engaged in a transformational process of becoming a truly accessible, equitable and inclusive working and learning environment.
Establish a college AEI committee structure from the foundation of the existing DEI committees.
Provide education and resources to develop broad cross-functional shared language and capacity for engaging in negotiations of power and privilege as defined by organizational structures in the College of the Arts.
Conduct AEI audit.
Incorporate AEI strategies into core college functions.