Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Institute for Comparative and Regional Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies is committed to fostering an environment where all students, staff and faculty feel visible, valued and validated. Diversity and inclusivity are critical to our research and educational mission. By diversity, we include the broad range of identities that individuals and groups bring with them, including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, class, language, culture, national origin, generation/age, ability, veteran status, documentation status, academic experience, and intellectual perspective.

We also recognize a special responsibility to undertake efforts to include the participation and voices of those from historically underrepresented groups who have experienced systematic marginalization, oppression and lack of access. Diversity and inclusivity, therefore, also entail a commitment to equity, to understanding that not all individuals have had the same opportunities for access, and a collective responsibility to try to make such access more equitable.

In all of this, diversity alone is not the only goal; we also strive to recognize and incorporate all respectful and inclusive voices in our teaching, research and dialogues. Diversity and inclusivity must also be accompanied by the provision of resources and an openness to listening to and making space for new voices. We hold that embracing and supporting new perspectives, individuals and ideas invigorates academic excellence and pushes our entire community forward.

As an institute devoted to comparative and regional studies, within a university dedicated to the public good, a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence is critical for preparing and ensuring the success of the next generation of community and global practitioners, scholars, and leaders. 


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