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We believe that academic excellence in science is enhanced when faculty and students from diverse perspectives come together to do science in an environment that is inclusive and equitable.

With that core principle in mind, the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) is committed to increasing, retaining, and supporting the success of faculty and students who have been historically underrepresented in academic science.  The college advances this goal through policies, programs, and working groups implemented at a college-wide level and also through individual departments. Focused efforts are made to remove the barriers that prevent full participation of all scientists and scientists-in-training, including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities.  CNS initiatives to promote equity and inclusion are in support of the University's Diversity Mission, which includes a commitment to inclusion of historically underrepresented groups and belief that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence.



RESPECT for the contributions of each member of our community and for their essential role in achieving excellence in our mission

AWARENESS of perspectives beyond our own personal experience

OUR VALUES regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion through transparency in expectations and commitment to accountability for all members of our community

COMMUNITY through engagement and interactions

EMPOWERMENT AND A SENSE OF AGENCY through informed and inclusive decision making

INCENTIVIZATION to recognize and reward exemplary commitment and success

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION through application of best practices in recruitment, retention, and advancement of all community members

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS to promote civility and inclusivity in the workplace and in the classroom

LEARNING COMMUNITIES through the sharing of knowledge across units