Objective 1: Foster an atmosphere of inclusion within the College of Fine Arts where the diversity of individuals and their perspectives are valued and respected

Initiative 1.1: Recruit and retain diverse students, staff, and faculty — understanding what the diverse perspective can bring to the curriculum, student experience, and the workplace


  1. Support extended search periods to enable widest recruitment for all open staff and faculty positions
  2. Require implicit bias training for all search committee members
  3. Develop recruitment plans that specifically aim to increase student diversity


Initiative 1.2: Implement policies and processes that encourage differing perspectives and voices among all categories and ranks of employees to be heard, respected, and valued


  1. Allow staff and career-line faculty to participate in academic unit meetings and with relevant curricular and administrative decisions
  2. Include relevant staff positions in more unit leadership structures, forums, and decision-making wherever possible

Initiative 1.3: Expand the conversations and learning around color-conscious casting, implicit bias, inclusive communications/marketing, and micro-aggressions


  1. Create Ad-hoc CFA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, charged with developing initiatives to support equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts in alignment with University objectives
    1. Provide committee members equity, diversity, and inclusion training opportunities and extend these to the CFA community
    2. Establish equity, diversity, and inclusion dialogue forums

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