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CFAC Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility, Initiatives 2021-2022


For CFAC Students

  • Listening and Learning Sessions with CFAC Students. Organize hosted conversations with students in each department or school that will help CFAC leaders to get a sense of what diversity interventions might help CFAC students to feel empowered as artists and communicators. We also hope to identify ways to create a climate where students feel better able to succeed.  (Beginning Winter 2020)
  • Listen Up Series with Guests Artists and Communicators.Organize hosted conversations, workshops, and collaborations with professional artists and communicators of diverse backgrounds. (Beginning Fall 2021)
  • You Belong Here. You Matter Here.The CFAC Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee has created a digital campaign to let our students know we see them, value them, and accept them—right now, as they are. One of the DIA Committee’s goals is to “speak out… paying particular attention to marginalized people and attending to their safety and well-being, which has often been unacknowledged.” We want each of our students to know that they belong in our College, and that they matter to CFAC faculty, staff, and administrators. (Beginning Winter 2021)

For Potential Faculty/Hiring

  • Faculty Position Description Changes. Implement improved Faculty Position Description Language that includes a diversity statement. (Beginning Fall 2020)
  • Diversity Advocate. Assign, train, and utilize a Departmental Diversity Advocate on 2020-2021 CFAC search committees. (Beginning Fall 2020)

For Current CFAC Faculty

  • Diversity Curriculum Fellows. Implement a Diversity Curriculum Fellows Program in which faculty and staff apply for a one-semester course reduction to diversify syllabi and related courses. The CFAC Dean’s office will accept applications three times yearly. 

For Programs

  • Curriculum Review. The College Curriculum Committee will implement a curriculum review to identify courses and faculty leaders who are currently teaching from an anti-racist, inclusive, and accessible stance. Committee members will provide information to departments/schools that will be useful in determining how programs assess the successful implementation of anti-racist, gender responsive, and inclusive pedagogies across the curriculum.  (Beginning Fall 2020)
  • Rank and Status Process Review. The College Rank and Status Committee will implement a process review to ensure that diverse faculty members receive a fair and equitable evaluation at the department, school, and college levels. The review will also aid departments in defining ways that faculty can report on progress towards teaching anti-racist, gender responsive, and inclusive pedagogies in their courses. (Beginning Winter 2021)
  • Student-Led Course Audit. Departments and Schools are encouraged to participate in a student-led Course Audit to identify where syllabi and course offerings can be improved to match up with our goals for anti-racist, gender responsive, inclusive, and accessible pedagogies and content. (Implemented in participating departments beginning Winter 2021)
  • Faculty Mentored Research on Diversity in the CFAC. Communications faculty and students will conduct a CFAC Climate Qualitative Study related to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Their pilot report will help Department Chairs and School Directors determine how programs might better serve diverse students from their programs. (Beginning Fall 2020).

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