Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement for the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice


The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice values equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of our professional practices, pedagogy, scholarship, and interactions with faculty, staff, students, colleagues, and stakeholders.


We commit to the ideals of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We will work towards providing an education and workplace that is accessible and free from discrimination and prejudice.

As a department, we are committed to diversifying our faculty, staff, and students and otherwise bringing diverse perspectives into the department.

We also commit to upholding ideals of inclusion defined as intentionally creating educational and professional spaces that are welcoming and representative of identities and perspectives that have been traditionally excluded from academia.


To advance equity, we will implement steps and strategies to realize our vision for diversity and inclusion.

We will achieve this diversity vision through recruitment, hiring, and retention of faculty, staff, and students from historically excluded identities and backgrounds.

We will implement this inclusion vision by seeking out and finding ways to highlight the perspectives of those who hold identities that have been historically excluded from academia. We will accomplish this through efforts to be inclusive in our teaching, research, service, departmental operations, extension-related outreach, and community engagement activities.

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