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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Our Commitment

As a policy school dedicated to the public good and producing civically engaged and socially responsible leaders, the School is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for its faculty, staff, students and surrounding communities; increasing the availability of effective public leaders of underrepresented communities, and equipping its graduates to promote diversity and inclusion in their own careers. See SPP Diversity Plan.

The School is dedicated to producing civically engaged and socially responsible leaders who will tackle some of the world’s most challenging problems; as such, we are committed to providing quality education that is inclusive of the views, experiences and opinions of all underrepresented ethnic and racial groups, as well as gender, religious and other identities. We do this in several ways:

  • Recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive student body.
  • Ensure course pedagogy and delivery is responsive to the needs of all students and reflective of our commitment to teach students to value diversity and to be informed about the world around them. Students should be able to make responsible decisions and to take action that is inclusive and just.
  • Require all public policy undergraduates to take PLCY 302: Examining Pluralism in Public Policy, which will examine the ways in which the diverse experiences of race, gender, ethnicity, class, orientation, identity and religion impact the understanding of and equitable delivery of public policy.

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Equity Officer

Courses You Might be Interested In

3 Credit(s)

Understanding how groups and individuals develop and coexist in society is an essential part of public policy. Using the classroom as a laboratory, students will explore identity development and how the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities shape perceptions that inform decision-making and policy development. From historical scholars to current day movement leaders, this course equips students with tools necessary to critically analyze pluralism, power, and identity; and the skills needed to shape meaningful and equitable public policy and working and civic environments for all.
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