College of Communication > About > Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We, the College of Communication, understand that we are tied to and inextricably bound to the systems of racism and inequality that shape our country, higher education, our city and our institution, and in order for these systems to be dismantled, they must be recognized, addressed, interrogated and changed on the level of policy and normalized practices.
As those who study and teach communication, we know our language matters. Words matter for the material conditions they enact and affect. Words matter for what they do, their action, their force. Yet, we understand that words without action are hollow. We are motivated. Our commitments are reaffirmed. And we recognize that we must turn this energy inwards to interrogate the ways we are complicit in these systems.
As a college comprised of faculty, students, staff and administrators, we are committed to the ongoing work of identifying and interrogating prejudice, injustice and institutionalized bias in all forms. Furthermore, we commit to taking the necessary actions to disrupt, denounce, and/or change norms and practices that work to uphold or perpetuate systems of prejudice and inequity in our college, our curriculum and our classrooms.
In April 2020, the college concluded a yearlong cross-college climate research report. Led by our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force, the project surveyed and interviewed students, staff and faculty to identify and then engage areas for improvement. Since then, the college has been actively developing an action plan, addressing practices and policies at all levels of the college. The plan has been processed and shaped through input from the college diversity advocate, the former diversity working group (now a DEI faculty committee), our students, and faculty and staff from across the college. It addresses both short-term and extended goals, and remains a living document that will continually be added to, reflected upon and modified as needed in order to meet the changing needs of all our students, staff and faculty and to foster and promote a supportive, diverse and inclusive environment.
Continuing last year’s work:
Along with these actions, the faculty and staff of the college commit to continuing to do the necessary work to advocate for all our students, to stand in solidarity with all BIPOC and all marginalized communities, and to continue to do the difficult, uncomfortable and necessary work of interrogating bias and the operations of privilege inside and beyond our walls.
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding current or potential DE&I initiatives in the college, we welcome your feedback! Email us at