Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Department Diversity Statement

We stand in solidarity with those seeking to change systemic racism, inequality, and discrimination. We are appalled and saddened by the recent killings of Tyre Nichols, Daunte Wright, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and many others. We support the statements released by the American Association of Geographers and American Planning Association that identify that these deaths are the product of racism, violence, and inequities and likewise support the demands for diversity, equity, and inclusion from the American Geophysical Union. Emphasizing human rights, enhancing diversity, promoting inclusion, and advocating for historically marginalized social groups are central to the disciplines of Geography and Planning. We affirm a commitment to resist and confront the devaluation of people of color by recognizing our role in creating and maintaining these systems. 

We commit to:

  1. Acknowledge the intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality, and other forms of identity to create an inclusive environment for all.

  2. Acknowledge and honor the ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ (Cherokee), the yeh is-WAH h’reh (Catawba), and other Indigenous peoples whose ancestral lands we occupy.

  3. Recognize the disproportionate impact of current events on members of our student community who are Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC).

  4. Acknowledge the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and other global health issues on BIPOC students, faculty, and staff.

  5. Departmental scholarship opportunities for first generation college students.