Our Diversity Statement

Our Goal: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Justice

As educators, scholars, and advocates, we view education as essential to improving and transforming social and economic opportunities for individuals and communities. This view influences our actions: how we teach our students, conduct our research, serve our communities, and work toward a global future that is more equitable and more just.  

We are committed to creating an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and just community of faculty, students, staff, and administrators where all feel welcomed, included, supported, empowered, and have equal access to supports, services, and opportunities that ensure learning and success. Our commitment requires that we turn our attention to both internal and external aspects of ourselves and the work we do. Internally, we are dedicated to critically examining the interactions, processes, and systems that characterize our research, teaching/ pedagogy, service, advising/mentoring, and community outreach and engagement to create a GSE that is inclusive and equity-oriented. We are also committed to fostering and ensuring student voice and agency throughout GSE.

Externally, we are driven to engage with local, national, and global communities to contribute to the development of self-aware, inclusive, and culturally competent students and alumni; inclusive teaching and information service practices and professional development; and research that collaborates with and strengthens communities. We strive to contribute to communities (locally, nationally, and internationally) and build effective and meaningful partnerships in ways that remove institutional, informational, and educational barriers to success.

As a graduate school of education, we embrace a broad, intersectional, and inclusive understanding of diversity; including race, ethnicity and indigeneity, gender and gender expression, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, language, national origin, U.S. resident status, religious or spiritual beliefs, age, and parenting status. We recognize how United States history has contributed to an educational system wrought with racial, gender, and socio-economic inequities. We remain steadfast in our commitment to dismantling all forms of systemic inequities and individually-perpetuated discrimination and bias, as we advocate for those who have been historically silenced and marginalized.

Fundamental to our mission as a graduate school of education is ensuring that our community represents all aspects of diversity and that we create systems and model practices that allow every member of our community to grow, succeed, and thrive. We acknowledge that we are not yet the community that we hope to create. However, we also realize that change is both our individual and collective responsibility and we are committed to actively learning and engaging with others to create that community. To that end, we are developing an initial Comprehensive Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Justice Plan to focus our efforts and help us reach our goals.