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DEI: Commitment into action

Hello all, and welcome to DEI at CMCI!

A strong commitment to inclusive excellence guides our college. My mission is to help translate that commitment into action.

Here at CMCI, we take a distinctive holistic approach—one that expands beyond a vital focus on student recruitment, retention, and success to address complex DEI issues that affect our entire college community, including staff and faculty. Our goal is to foster places of learning and working where all members can thrive. To do this, we must understand and challenge systems of privilege and disadvantage in higher education, such as those based on class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and dis/ability. We must reach across social and political divides to make space for those who remain underserved and minoritized in higher education as well as marginalized in society.

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Our holistic approach revolves around three strategic streams of action:

  1. Outreach: We seek to diversify our membership—faculty, staff, and students—by reaching out to a wide range of communities to cultivate meaningful, sustainable relationships.
  2. Support: We seek to build an internal infrastructure that effectively supports a diverse membership. This requires ongoing assessment and improvement of our own organizational climate, practices, and resources. 
  3. Teaching and Research: We seek not only to enact DEI as we go about our work, but also to produce world-class teaching, research and creative scholarship that informs DEI dynamics in local contexts as well as around the globe. Indeed, for many CMCI scholars, DEI is our work.

If you are a prospective member of our community or an alumnus, perhaps visiting this page to learn more about DEI in our college, feel free to contact me directly after exploring what we have to offer. There’s so much more than we can share on this in-progress site, and I am here to help with any questions you may have!

If you are a current member of the college, my question for you is: How are we doing? We want to hear about your experience so that we can do better and know where we are finding success. Please contact me or any member of our DEI team if you have questions, concerns, or ideas related to DEI, or if you need support but don’t know where to turn.

The message: We truly want to hear from you and to serve as a resource for you!

I look forward to working with you to make CMCI a more diverse, inclusive and equitable community.

Karen Lee Ashcraft
Associate Dean of DEI