Center for Humanities & the Arts Statement on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Center for Humanities & the Arts (CHA) mission aims to “foster community, support collaborations, and inspire creativity and research while promoting equity, inclusion, and academic excellence.” Elaborating on the equity and inclusion aspects of our mission, we want to state, unequivocally, what equity and inclusion means for us, and how we strive for justice and diversity at the CHA.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) is integral to arts and humanities, CU-Boulder, academia, and in our society. JEDI underpins the work we do at the CHA in the form of offering diverse opportunities and programming, encouraging as many people and communities to apply to our grants and fellowships, and engaging in difficult dialogues on subjects that touch on historic injustices. At the CHA we want people to understand how inequities such as white supremacy, settler-colonialism, anti-religious bigotry, institutional oppression of women and LGBTQ+ people, disability access, and a host of other injustices have marginalized, disenfranchised, and hurt vulnerable communities. And we hope our communities will work in solidarity to combat these overlapping oppressions.
We envision and work toward a society that allows people to be who they truly are: fully enfranchised humans. That world will need to be centered around arts and humanities, because arts and humanities give meaning to life.
Center for Humanities & the Arts Land Acknowledgment
The Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHA) at the University of Colorado Boulder acknowledges that the land we occupy in Macky Auditorium is the traditional territories of the Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Ute nations. The CHA shares the University of Colorado Boulder land acknowledgment, which explains the reasons that the University of Colorado Boulder has crafted its land acknowledgment and the harms that have been wrought by settler colonialism.
With this land acknowledgment, we also wish to engage in a repair process—because we believe that the acknowledgment of Indigenous land should come with reparations. To that end, we have created a faculty fellowship to address the harm of settler colonialism.
This page is a work in progress. We may be editing our statement to better reflect the JEDI work of the CHA and will be adding resources to aid in our community learning more about JEDI work happening at CU Boulder and beyond.