The College of Arts and Letters strives to develop and maintain an organizational culture and structure that fosters inclusion and affirmation of diversity. Its understanding of diversity and inclusion is guided by the objective to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or first-generation college student status.

Mission and Charge

The CAL Diversity Council is guided by the university objective to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

The main functions of the Council are to

  1. advise the dean of the College of Arts and Letters on issues related to diversity, access, and inclusion;
  2. serve as a network of faculty and staff in CAL to exchange information on best practices and programs revolving around diversity, access, and inclusion;
  3. support activities and programming that foster diversity, access, and inclusion in CAL.

As part of these functions, the council

  • supports inclusive faculty and staff searches by circulating information on best search practices;
  • provides a welcoming and inclusive community for faculty and staff by
    • supporting mentoring programs in CAL or its constituent units;
    • supporting networking opportunities for college faculty and staff;
    • supporting career development in CAL;
    • providing information on best practices and ongoing programs in mentoring and networking;
  • (co-)organizes and advertises opportunities for scholarly and civic engagement with diversity, access, and inclusion;
  • supports dialogues in the college community that address issues related to diversity, access, and inclusion;
  • supports units in CAL in their effort to reach out to, recruit, and retain a diverse student body.

Membership (2018-19)

Heather Scheuerman, JUST, Chair

Robert Aguirre, Dean, College of Arts and Letters

Liam Buckley, SOC/ANTH (Fall)

Lisa Porter, SOC/ANTH (Spring)

Jennifer E. Byrne, POSC (Fall/Spring)

Mark Richardson, POSC (Spring)

Jessica B. Davidson, HIST

Diana Galarreta, FLLC

Adrienne M. Hooker, SMAD

Bill Knorpp, PHIL/REL

Elizabeth Pass, WRTC

Mary Thompson, ENG

Isaac Woo, SCOM

Diversity Reports

Read the 2018-19 CAL diversity report (pdf)

Read the 2017-18 CAL diversity report (pdf)

Read the 2016-17 CAL diversity report (pdf)

Read the 2015-16 CAL diversity report (pdf)

Read the 2014-15 CAL diversity report (pdf)

Networking Resources

The CAL diversity council has compiled a list of programs, organizations, and groups that provide opportunities for members of the JMU community to network. We hope that the list provides JMU faculty and staff, job applicants, as well as search committees and university leaders with information that can help build connections among members of the JMU community. You can download the list at this link. The list is incomplete - if you know of networking opportunities that you would like to add, please contact the current Chair of the CAL Diversity Council.

Minutes

2018-2019

September 17, 2018

October 15, 2018

November 26, 2018

January 14, 2019

February 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

April 15, 2019

2017-2018

September 20, 2017

October 18, 2017

November 8, 2017

December 6, 2017

January 17, 2018

February 21, 2018

April 11, 2018

2016-2017

September 16, 2016

October 14, 2016

November 11, 2016

December 2, 2016

January 18, 2017

February 15, 2017

March 22, 2017

April 19, 2017

2015-2016

September 17, 2015

October 15, 2015

November 19, 2015

February 5, 2016

March 18, 2016

April 8, 2016

2014-2015

September 5, 2014

October 3, 2014

November 14, 2014

December 4, 2014

January 23, 2015

February 20, 2015

April 17, 2015

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