Diversity Statement

We are committed to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that celebrates and emphasizes respect for individuals from all races, nationalities, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, religions, identities, abilities, and ideologies. Diversity is a core value that needs to guide departmental decisions and policies. We are dedicated to achieving a departmental community that:

  • Fosters a working and learning environment that shows respect for all individuals regardless of their background, career stage, or status.

  • Educates and trains all members of our department about how implicit and explicit biases affect decision-making and recognizes and addresses biased behavior.

  • Removes barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented populations.

  • Encourages open dialogue and builds a community of support amongst all students, staff, and faculty, where everyone can feel appreciated and valued for their unique experiences and contributions.

If you are interested in getting involved with our department’s continual efforts in Diversity and Inclusion, please contact our Director of Graduate Student Diversity and Climate, Elsa Yan.