The University Center for Teaching and Learning (Teaching Center) recognizes that the diversity of its students, faculty and staff strengthens our institution and the teaching and learning process, as well as enriches collaboration. We acknowledge the need for a constantly evolving and expanding definition of diversity and we celebrate all varieties of perspectives and experience.
We commit to recognizing racist policies in our midst and acknowledge that we should constantly be engaging in reflection, improvement, and advancing equity. We understand that bias can be unconscious or unintentional and that racism is the combination of social and institutional power and racial prejudice. This statement is the first step in our enduring commitment to create an academic environment that fosters diversity and inclusion through:
- Identifying candidates from historically underrepresented groups who have professional skills, personal contributions, and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance campus diversity and equity efforts and show a genuine commitment to anti-racism. Historically underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to those based on, race, ethnicity, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, class, religion, disability, age, military status, economic status, and language/linguistic ability.
- Recognizing that retention management and organizational performance intersect with diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through these measurable actions, we hope to continue to be transparent in our mission to be as diverse, anti-racist, and equitable as possible.
- Providing resources and mentoring to all staff that lead to long-term satisfaction and growth.
- Acknowledging the need for talent with specialized competencies and striving to value all staff highlighting the importance of professional development and a focus on work/life balance.