CAS Diversity Work and Resources
Campus leadership has spoken out against hatred, racism, and violence in wake of the tragic death of George Floyd. Recent events have shed light once again on the racism that continues to permeate our society and threatens not just the livelihoods, but even the lives, of African Americans. As we struggle with the pain of these events and the larger issues they speak to, we must be there for each other and look for productive ways to work toward ending racism.
As employees of a major public university, we have a number of immediate ways to do this. CAS faculty and students generate scholarship that challenges us to understand and confront racism. We teach classes designed to provide our students with tools to dismantle racism. And staff and faculty work together each day to make our departments more inclusive and welcoming. This is a clear place for all of us to begin.
When you walk into Tykeson Hall from the north entrance, you will see this instruction by scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois etched into the concrete: “Education must not simply teach work, it must teach life.” Although it may be months until we can enter the building again and see those words in person, we can continue to teach life in ways that honor these ongoing struggles and ensure that we learn, lead, and change. I look forward to coming together as a community to confront our problems and seek solutions.
Bruce Blonigen, Tykeson Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Tolerance, inclusion, curiosity and openness are essential to advancing human understanding—and thus essential to the intellectual and academic mission of the College of Arts and Sciences. We welcome a diversity of cultures, histories, languages; different types of knowledge; different talents, abilities, training; a range of experiences, affiliations, alliances and perspectives—all are necessary for creativity, invention, collaboration and problem solving. There is no meaningful learning without challenge and difference.
The College of Arts and Sciences takes its charge and inspiration from the University of Oregon Mission Statement and the Division of Equity and Inclusion’s IDEAL Framework. We are devoted “to educating the whole person, and to fostering the next generation of transformational leaders and informed participants in the global community.”
The following stories are examples of important work being done by our faculty and students that collectively advance our diversity goals: