CLAS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Consistent with the University of Connecticut’s overriding commitment to diversity as a core value and basic tenet, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recently launched a connected initiative intended to facilitate, engender, and feature productive exchanges, dialogues, and programs. This website focuses on CLAS’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion portfolio, and is intended as a multifaceted resource for faculty, staff, and students.
Understanding that class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality are integral to the academic, administrative, and everyday lives of all faculty, staff, and students in CLAS, the College is dedicated to making UConn a welcome place for diverse identities; it is likewise unswerving in its commitment to equitable practices and inclusive measures. Such commitments are evident in the institutional fact that CLAS is the proud academic home for faculty, researchers, and students whose research directly reflects this investment.
Last, but certainly not least, CLAS is the institutional hub for institutes, programs, and centers such as El Instituto, the Africana Studies Institute, the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the American Studies Program, and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. These particular initiatives – which through curricular, program, and collaborative research endeavors engage multiple departments within the College and across the University – serve as significant points of entry with regard to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, migration, and diaspora.
Our work is ongoing and guided by the important task of ensuring that, as articulated in the University’s most recent academic plan, CLAS “embrace[s] diversity not as a keyword for token inclusion of the underrepresented, but as a commitment to fostering a welcoming environment in which all individuals can achieve their fullest potential and in which open and respectful communication is facilitated.”
For more information about the CLAS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative, please contact Cathy Schlund-Vials, CLAS associate dean for humanities and diversity, equity, and inclusion, at:
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