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Enhancing DEIA Within Our Education Programs

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Enhancing DEIA Within Our Education Programs

by
Alix Schroder
|November 8, 2021

The Columbia Climate School is the primary new School on the University in over twenty years. In constructing one thing new, we now have an actual alternative to arrange the institutional constructions, insurance policies, and processes — and extra importantly construct a tradition — that locations our values round range, fairness, inclusion, anti-bias, and anti-racism on the forefront of every thing we aspire to do. This is the second submit in our mini-series specializing in DEIA exercise. Check out the primary submit right here.

The Earth Institute and the Climate School endeavor to advertise and improve range, fairness, inclusion, and anti-bias throughout the whole group. This submit highlights the vital and important DEIA work occurring throughout our teaching programs — from the undergraduate stage to the PhD stage. These packages are dedicated to anti-racism and to fostering a neighborhood that’s numerous, equitable, and inclusive for all. Below is an summary of the initiatives, actions, and reflection being undertaken within the Climate School- and Earth Institute-affiliated packages.

Photo: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development (SDEV) is pursuing measures to enhance range amongst its college, college students, and workers, in addition to to combine fairness considerations in its curriculum and programming.

In 2018, this system performed a comparative evaluation with different colleges/packages in Columbia, and STEM packages in different universities, to evaluate college and scholar demographics. These findings have been revealed in New Directions for Teaching and Learning. In 2020, the SDEV program engaged in inner conversations about find out how to be extra inclusive, help systemic change, and promote anti-racism. The program additionally surveyed college students and alumni to higher perceive the present local weather and establish particular areas for enchancment. It additionally shaped a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEI&J) working group with illustration from college students and alumni. The group recognized six focus areas for additional dialogue/motion: (1) curriculum; (2) programming; (3) enhance illustration; (4) careers, alumni networking, and mentoring; (5) tradition; and (6) workers and school schooling.