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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Diversity is Our Strength

Creating and maintaining an atmosphere of inclusion isn’t just the moral choice. Diverse communities improve educational outcomes. They broaden horizons and encourage innovation. They lead to happier, more fulfilled lives.

The Michigan Tech College of Sciences and Arts vows to foster a sense of belonging for all members of our community, so that everyone can contribute their diverse talents, perspectives, and experiences to enrich our campus and bring their full selves to their teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Building such a community is vital to providing a comprehensive education in the liberal arts and sciences and to prepare our students to be global citizens tackling the complex problems of the 21st century. As a College, we have a special role to play in promoting a more inclusive and diverse society through critical scholarship that sheds light on the ethical and social implications of science and technology.

Such scholarship is a crucial support to policy and action toward the common good.

How We Will Create Change

  • Assist students and student groups focused on initiatives that uplift and give voice to diverse scholars, particularly those who are members of marginalized populations.
  • Reach out to educational and other communities to establish clear pathways to Michigan Tech admission and academic success. That includes building dedicated recruiting infrastructure. 
  • Account for diverse communities in our research by benefiting them directly or ensuring their
    concerns are considered.
  • Support research that sheds light on social structures of exclusion and inequity and that
    supports positive change. 
  • Seek out and value research partnerships with colleges and universities that traditionally serve minority communities.
  • Commit to diversity in the lecturers, performers and other participants in our extracurricular programming
  • Offer media opportunities to diverse students, faculty and staff.
  • Measure and share our results inside and outside of our departments, to ensure transparency and accountability.
  • Where we see any policies or behaviors that counter any of the above, we will call it out and act on it.
  • Examine our own actions, and change practices that perpetuate exclusion and inequity.
  • Review this document and assess our progress on the actions listed above at least annually.

Who We Are

David Hemmer, Dean, College of Sciences and Arts

Chandrashekhar Joshi, Chair, Biological Sciences

Sarah Green, Interim Chair, Chemistry

Kelly Steelman, Chair, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Scott Marratto, Chair, Humanities

Megan Frost, Chair, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Jiguang Sun, Chair, Mathematical Sciences

Ravindra Pandey, Chair, Physics

Donald Lafreniere, Chair, Social Sciences

Jared Anderson, Chair, Visual and Performing Arts