At the request of the Barnard College Department Chairs, BCRW is hosting an open discussion between faculty and students on the future of diversity on our campus. This much-needed forum will provide an opportunity for open discussion and exchange between us as scholars, educators, and students, on issues we face together as a community. From this conversation will hopefully emerge a new collective vision.
To effectuate institutional change, we must challenge and push against normative and insufficient standards of diversity. That change must determined by those who are most marginalized:
– Students and faculty of color
– Black students and faculty
– Low-income students
– Queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming folks
– Folks with disabilities
Last semester both students and faculty expressed deep concerns in the face of disturbing incidents at Yale and the University of Missouri. Those concerns continue and we would like to begin a direct conversation between faculty and students on how we can work together to more concretely address the issues of diversity (which we conceive broadly to include race, ethnicity, gender, class, ability, and sexuality, among others) we confront on our campus.
1. Taking stock: Why are we here?
– lines of communication
– mutual support
2. Aspirations: What do we want to achieve?
Q: If there is one thing you could change that would impact diversity at Barnard, what would it be?
3. Updates: What’s been done so far?
Reporting from students and faculty on conversations with BC administration.
4. Bridging the gap: How do we get from what’s been done to what we want to achieve?