Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA) Philosophy

Our departmental philosophy concerning Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) focuses on the culture, community, and processes that actively foster a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible department.

We staunchly believe that through continuous efforts to cultivate a culture and community characterized by mutual respect and consideration for individual needs and identities, DEIA values will naturally emerge. 

This stance does not undermine the significance of DEIA; on the contrary, these terms serve as critical indicators of the progress made in enhancing our culture and community. 

Mere adoption of DEIA terms without substantive action does not genuinely reflect an inclusive culture. Truly embracing DEIA requires transcending superficial perceptions and motivates us to engage in the challenging and introspective work required to ameliorate our community's culture. 

This philosophy embodies a collective commitment across our department, encapsulating our leadership, faculty, post-docs, staff, students, and alumni. Individuals or collectives who hold senior positions or roles of substantial, long-term impact bear a heightened responsibility toward our continual improvement, with the intention that everyone will embrace DEIA as fundamentally important in all that we do as a department.

Steven Abramowitch
Associate Chair for Culture and Community