Division of Humanities

Anti-Racism Plan

Dec. 2, 2021

Central Priorities

The Division of the Humanities fosters new approaches to knowledge, and hones students' abilities to think critically and communicate effectively. Our rich course offerings and diverse research initiatives aim to deepen our understanding of the past, enlarge our perceptions of the present and suggest sustainable paths to the future.

Through reading of literatures, discussion, frequent writing and learning different languages from across history and cultures (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish and the ancient languages, Latin and Greek), studying philosophy and delving into the history of ideas, our students have the opportunity for encountering the world in surprising new ways. The courses in the Division of the Humanities promote openness, flexibility, observational skills, alertness to moral complexity and the sharpening of our human faculties of reason and imagination. As a division, however, we are working hard to find ways to do more to connect our disciplines to the goal of addressing anti-racism and enhancing a sense of individual and social justice. We propose to do this by a deeper appreciation of and admiration for difference, and a better understanding of systemic racism, so that we can root it out of our society. Our priority plans are these:

Context and Progress to Date

Metrics and Timeline for Next Steps

The faculty in the Division of Humanities is dedicated to the work of rooting out systemic racism; reconsidering our curricula and syllabi to address racism; and increasing the number of events, conferences and public outreach that focus on DEI matters and anti-racist themes, We have begun this work in earnest (in several departments and programs long before the past year). As the university budget allows, we also wish to diversify our faculty more, find more tangible ways to recruit and retain students of color in our fields and offer more help to our graduate students.

Our TILT framework offers some of the metrics we propose for success in these areas. We feel that our collaboration on departmental and program anti-racism documents (and on our division documents) was a productive and positive start to achieving our collective goals. Even if not every chair completely agrees with every priority envisioned here for the Division of Humanities, we are all united in our desire to move forward in a positive spirit for the benefit of the entire university community.

Anti-Racism Plan Framework