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Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

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Professor Karl Booksh, a UD CAS Chief Diversity Advocate works with CAS Advisory Council members.

Professor Karl Booksh, a CAS Chief Diversity Advocate and member of the college's strategic planning team, works with CAS Advisory Council members to brainstorm actionable items to advance diversity and inclusion.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) affirms its commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. The students, faculty and staff, as well as the curriculum, scholarship and initiatives of the College must reflect the diversity of the communities that the University of Delaware is committed to serve. Specifically, the College will:

Cultivate an inclusive academic and social environment. Provide an inclusive, respectful environment that fosters opportunities for open dialogue, discussion and conflict resolution. Educate our students to think about and engage their personal identities, experiences and culture toward greater acceptance and understanding. Encourage academic innovation, and support programs and curricula, that engage our students across a wide range of cultural and intellectual learning styles and experiences, within and beyond the conventional classroom. Develop and disseminate research and best practices for sustaining a diverse, transformational and fully inclusive environment.

Strengthen recruitment and retention efforts to support inclusive excellence. Improve the recruitment, retention, and academic and social support networks for historically underrepresented, first-generation, low-income and international students, faculty and staff. Increase degree-completion rates, as well as successful transition of underrepresented students into leading graduate and professional programs. Increase the diversity of students completing graduate degrees in CAS. Create enhanced and more equitable opportunities for the professional development, career mentoring, and promotion opportunities available to the underrepresented communities that the University serves.

Lead community engagement initiatives. Partner effectively with other colleges and University offices to shape curricular and co-curricular experiences that develop positive relationships with local, community-based, statewide and national groups. Build partnerships with nonprofit organizations and other key stakeholders to organize service and research projects in historically underserved groups and neighborhoods. Invest in local neighborhoods to engage and serve Delaware residents and communities.

The Committee would like to have your comments on this commitment, reports on activities you are already engaged in to increase diversity and cultivate an inclusive environment, and your thoughts about priorities for further action.

 

Please email CASinclusion@udel.edu with your ideas.

 

Please stay tuned for additional ways to get involved and make your voice heard, as the committee will continue outreach in the coming months to collect important feedback from you, our faculty, staff and students.

 

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