The summer is flying by and my time at CBS is coming to an end in a few short weeks. Leaving is bittersweet. I will miss this place and the many dedicated, wonderful people that make it the remarkable college that it is. At the same time, I depart feeling good about what we’ve accomplished. I’m proud of the work we’ve done and, just as important, the work that will continue not the least around advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Over the next academic year, the CBS DEIJ Community of Practice (DCoP) will reconvene and, among other things, facilitate the next round of microgrants. Earlier this summer, the three action teams tasked with looking more closely at how we might implement recommendations around incentives and recognition, recruitment and retention, and inclusive teaching delivered their reports. The CBS Dean’s Office is in the process of determining next steps and will follow up this fall with a detailed plan.
One theme that has emerged from this process is the need for more communication around DEIJ work happening across the College. With that in mind, communicating these efforts more broadly will be a priority going forward. With that in mind, if you have a story to share, an event you think would be of interest to the CBS community, or a successful grassroots effort you think could be a model for others, let us know. To that end, we will send out a call for DEIJ news and stories soon.
I look forward to seeing the College grow and become an even more welcoming place for all in the years to come. Even though I will no longer be dean, I will continue to cheer CBS on from the sidelines. Thank you for seven incredible years.