2021 Cohort Hire Initiated

first-of-its-kind initiative has launched in the College of Arts and Letters as six departments begin the hiring process for outstanding tenure-track faculty, who will be hired as a cohort, to work broadly across areas of racial and social justice, minority cultures and critical race studies. The new hires will be appointed in the departments of Sociology and Anthropology; History; Political Science; Justice Studies; Philosophy and Religion; and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication with a start date of August 2021. Learn More

Faculty Diversity Liaison Appointed

In 2020, Spanish lecturer Karina Kline-Gabel was been appointed the inaugural Faculty Diversity Liaison to the College of Arts and Letters. In this new role, Kline-Gabel is forming close relationships with students, faculty and leadership to establish, seek and consolidate best practices of inclusion.

Student Diversity Council Created

Created in 2020 by Faculty Diversity Liaison Karina Kline-Gabel, the CAL Student Diversity Council is a group of students that each speak for underrepresented students communities on campus. The student council spent the Fall 2020 semester in discussions to develop recommendations for addressing issues of equity and inclusion. They will present these recommendations to Dean Robert D. Aguirre in Spring 2021.

Opportunity Fund Scholarship Awarded

This fund, created by the College of Arts and Letters in 2019, aims to increase access and support historically under-represented students, first generation students and those from modest means.

In 2020, Gabriela Moreno, a rising freshman from Springfield, VA was named the first recipient.

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Faculty Diversity Council

The CAL Diversity Council is guided by the university objective to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Beginning in 2014, the main functions of the council are to advise the dean of the College of Arts and Letters on issues related to diversity, access, and inclusion; serve as a network of faculty and staff in CAL to exchange information on best practices and programs revolving around diversity, access and inclusion; support activities and programming that foster diversity, access and inclusion in CAL. Learn More

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