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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences is committed to advancing an inclusive community in which everyone is welcomed, respected, valued and heard. We believe our community is enriched by diversity along a number of dimensions including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender expression, sexuality, class, disability, religion, and political ideology/identification. Along a number of dimensions including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender expression, sexuality, class, disability, religion, and political ideology/identification. We acknowledge the historical and current structural inequities that present challenges to both the access and success of historically disadvantaged groups. We have developed specific goals and key strategies to strengthen inclusion, diversity, and equity and belonging within our college community.

Black history month 2023 at UA

Black History Month 2023

Mission: Black History Month, at The University of Akron, celebrates and educates the campus and surrounding communities on the knowledge, pride, understanding and empowerment of the African American culture and its impact on our daily lives.

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Rethinking Race 2023

Feb. 27 – March 9, 2023

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On October 4, the 2023 Rethinking Race (RTR) committee kickoff meeting was held, which marks the 16th year that students,  faculty, and staff will come together to plan a series of events known as Rethinking Race. The two-week forum of events will focus on facilitating “courageous conversations designed to promote inclusive excellence” regarding race and race-related issues. All events are free and open to the public.

This year’s theme will be: Rethinking Race and the Criminal Justice System. Among the forum highlights will be keynote speaker Michelle Alexander, internationally known teacher, lecturer, scholar, and author of the critically acclaimed book The New Jim Crow. Ms. Alexander will speak at 7:00 pm, Monday, February 27, at the E.J. Performing Arts Hall, as the opening event for the RTR forum held February 27 – March 9, 2023.

Faculty Search Committee Workshop

Dr. Suzette L. Speight, associate professor of psychology and director of training for the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology, presents a training workshop for diversity in faculty recruitment and hiring.