As the first Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this webpage. Here, you will find information about the College's various efforts to encourage respect for and inclusion of people from traditionally underrepresented populations, and to promote a welcoming climate for all faculty, staff, and students.
Our projects include community-outreach initiatives, college-wide cultural events, workshops on designing courses for an increasingly diverse student body, and research into the roots of and possible responses to social injustice, implicit biases, and discrimination. We also develop strategies for recruiting and retaining faculty, staff, and students from diverse social backgrounds and life experiences.
The College undertakes such projects because it is committed to the principle that pluralism within a community of scholars both enhances creativity and deepens wisdom. The College therefore takes seriously its responsibility to value the unique perspective that every person brings to our community.
Please peruse this website. We are always working to improve it, and I would value your feedback or questions at any time.
Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh
Associate Dean for the Social Sciences and for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Connecticut
Faculty, students, and staff presented their research on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics at a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences symposium.Read More »