The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a campus and community leader in championing the goals of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Building a welcoming community is essential to promoting academic excellence and carrying out the LAS mission.
This is important work, and everyone has a role to play. Together we can realize our vision to lead and inspire others in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. When we work together to advance these concepts, we ensure that we remain a college that produces top-tier research, provides a world-class teaching experience, and graduates students who are equipped to work in an increasingly global, diverse, and complex world.
I encourage the LAS community, university colleagues, alumni and friends to support and engage with Associate Dean Behnken as she coordinates this work. It will be a difficult undertaking – as the most laudable efforts always are. But, Monic is working to ensure that every department succeeds in DEI work from their own disciplinary perspective. This way, everyone in the college can be empowered to advance this important work. I look forward to the innovation and excellence we will achieve together and the shared future we will create for current and future LAS students, faculty, and staff.