A Message from the CFI

This is a time of crisis in which intersecting injustices and mounting pain come into focus: a pandemic that disproportionately harms Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and those with disabilities; a convulsion of government violence against Black individuals; and a continuing history of subtle and overt discrimination and marginalization on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and class. The Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI) is the educational development center of a predominantly white institution that strives, in its guiding values, “to be an inclusive community.” In this context of privilege, the CFI acknowledges its complicity in systemic racism and other intersectional suppression and pledges to cultivate inclusive communities of peers committed to helping each other succeed, advancing individual and organizational change. This entails creating spaces that decenter white, male, socially dominant perspectives and that are truly spaces for members of the JMU community who have been pushed to the margins. This must also involve engaging faculty who hold privilege in processes of re-examination that do not focus solely on their self-improvement but on decentering themselves in support of the evolution of a truly inclusive institution with aligned policy and practices.

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