Dean White’s Statement on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Diversity and an excellent liberal arts education are inextricably intertwined. The foundation of a broad and deep liberal arts education — the kind of education we strive to provide at Carolina — is based on an exposure to diversity of thought, diversity of perspectives and diversity of approaches. Learning from, and working with, people with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences broadens our tolerance and deepens our understanding. It encourages creativity and innovation.
It is thus our duty and responsibility to ensure that every member of the College of Arts and Sciences community — faculty, staff and students — feels a sense of belonging and acceptance here.
As I begin my first semester as dean, I am pleased to see that the College has a well-established network in place, led by Associate Dean Karla Slocum, to foster diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity liaisons are working at the department and unit levels to address climate and culture, faculty hiring and recruiting practices, and other innovations that promote diversity and inclusion. I look forward to working with the Dean’s Faculty Diversity Advisory Committee and Staff Diversity Advisory Committee, who provided sage advice and important feedback to my predecessors, and to Professor Slocum and the DEI Strategic Plan Committee, who are developing the DEI Strategic Plan.
It will take all of us working together — here in the College and across the University — to address challenges of campus climate and systemic racism and equity. You will find many useful resources on this website, and I encourage you to explore the ongoing DEI initiatives that are designed to facilitate conversations and foster community.
James W.C. White
Craver Family Dean
College of Arts and Sciences