This academic year marks the two-year anniversary of the creation of The School of Foreign Service Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. It was created to advance antiracism as a core principle in the SFS community. To prepare for the spring semester, the DEI Office presented its strategic plan for input at a Town Hall meeting.
Hosted by Dean Joel Hellman and Vice Dean Carla Koppell, the Town Hall took place in McGhee Library on December 1, 2022. The goal of the conversation was to highlight accomplishments of the DEI Office and solicit feedback from attendees on the draft strategic plan. “We want to hear directly from our students to understand their expectations and needs,” said Carla Koppell, “Thank you to all the attendees who shared their experiences and gave us their valuable input today.” The discussion included ongoing efforts of the DEI office, upcoming events, and the 5-year strategic plan. Among the goals that were set for the next three years were: embedding antiracism as a core SFS principle, incorporating DEI in curricula across SFS, and collaborating with other institutions to advance DEI initiatives.
The event provided a platform for all attendees to directly voice their needs and provide their comments regarding DEI-related work in the community. Many attendees shared their valuable feedback, personal experiences and recommendations directly to the leadership. The event was followed by the DEI SFS Fall Student Mixer where SFS community members had a chance to get to know one another.