Task Force on Race and Social Justice

SP2 strives to be a space of principled inclusivity, valuing differences of opinion and fostering a community where we all think openly, honestly, reflectively, and deeply about the questions and concerns that both unite and divide us. We want to be a community that embraces diversity and intersectionality in all its dimensions.

In order to ensure that we create this community, in which we continually grow together in knowledge and understanding, members of the SP2 community created a task force in spring 2019 to focus on identity, inclusion, and intersectionality at SP2. From a position of cultural humility and in service of the School, the task force gathered and examined information, made recommendations, and developed an action plan. The work of the task force encompassed the School as a whole and included: teaching, research, service, recruitment, hiring and retention, institutional advancement, and school culture.

The task force was comprised of faculty, administrators, staff, and student representatives from each of SP2’s five degree programs. The task force met regularly to gather and interpret data on student experiences and developed an action plan to better align the school with the principles of social justice.

Recommendations

A final report and recommendations were submitted in January 2020.

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