A commitment to diversity in the student body, faculty and staff is one of Barnard’s core values. As articulated in its mission the College aims to prepare, “graduates to flourish in different cultural surroundings in an increasingly inter-connected world.” The College sees the ability and desire to engage profoundly with radically different ways of analyzing the world as a key value in the women it takes pride in graduating: engaged world citizens possessed of a discerning intelligence, an understanding of inequality and power, and moral courage.
In 2009 the position of Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development was created to increase diversity among the faculty and to expand the College’s support for faculty throughout their careers. A Committee on Faculty Diversity and Development (FDD), which currently includes tenure-eligible, tenured and off-ladder faculty who represent all four divisions of the College, advises the Dean. The Committee works with a broad definition of diversity that encompasses the positive value of diversity so as to provide a better education for our students and a richer intellectual environment for our faculty. Using this definition we work to promote a wide range of diversity within the faculty. The Committee also works to address social structural biases and exclusions that have led to inequities in access to education and in the ranks of the academic profession. Overall, The Dean and Committee work on a broad range of issues (outlined below) to promote both faculty diversity and faculty development.
Included in the list below are resources produced by the Committee on new faculty orientation, mentoring and searches, along with bibliographies of relevant scholarly literature.