Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Mission Statement

Columbia University School of Professional Studies, Office of Faculty Affairs
Committee for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CFDEI)

The Committee for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CFDEI) was created by a group of committed SPS faculty, administrators, and staff committed to beginning an initiative towards advancing a discussion and process of inculcating diversity, equity, and inclusion practices to faculty recruitment and retention at Columbia SPS.

The Committee for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CFDEI) was formed by a group of committed SPS faculty, administrators, and staff seeking to advance a discussion and process for enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in faculty recruitment and retention at Columbia SPS.

With the support of Columbia SPS leadership and The Office of Faculty Affairs, the CFDEI aims to promote and nurture a vibrant climate of inclusive excellence through creative collaboration with our University leadership, partners, and students.  Our primary focus is to foster an equitable workplace promoting faculty engagement and development, strengthening diversity planning, and initiating community-building initiatives that will allow faculty to thrive.

SPS Faculty DEI Mission Statement

The purpose of the Committee for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CFDEI) is to guide departmental efforts to enhance the diversity of the faculty in alignment with the  Columbia University Mission Statement and the University’s Commitment to Antiracism. The committee is focused on building equitable systems and processes and fostering a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and community in the recruitment, development, and retention of our faculty. 

Overview

Monthly meetings for the CFDEI commenced in Fall 2020. The Committee is focused on implementing the recommendations of the University Diversity and Inclusion Mission and the Provost’s office Diversity Task Force Report as follows:

  • Curricular Diversity and Inclusive Pedagogy: to promote the need for current and future faculty to incorporate diversity and inclusion into student-centered course design, course materials, and classroom interactions that make individuals feel valued and supported.
  • Faculty Community Building on the Critical Value of Diversity: to enhance the School’s efforts to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment and to raise awareness within the School of the value and contributions of a diverse and talented faculty.
  • Faculty Development, Mentorship, and Retention: to assess the needs of faculty members, including those from marginalized groups, and implement programming targeted to address those needs. Additionally, the committee seeks to assist the School in creating a welcoming environment that fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion.
  • Recruitment and Promotion: to increase the pipeline of faculty from marginalized groups at the level of Professor of Practice, Associate Professor of Practice, Senior Lecturer in Discipline, Senior Lecturer in Language, Lecturer in Discipline, Lecturer in Language, Part-time Faculty, Part-time research, and Part-time student teaching assistants.  In addition, the committee endeavors to identify both junior and senior faculty from marginalized groups for opportunities for advancement.