CAS Diversity Work and Resources
“The core mission of a university is to inspire and foster discovery, learning, and the creation of knowledge—all of which are strengthened by a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and voices. Meaningful diversity is made possible through a commitment to inclusivity and equitable access to resources and opportunities. Our priority is to ensure that everyone knows that they are both welcomed and embraced, by the university at large and our college in particular, and that
we strive for a continually deepened commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Bruce Blonigen, Interim 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: