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The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs

WELCOME!
The Office for Diversity and Community was created in January 2001, in response to recommendations of the President's 1999 Taskforce Report. The Office for Diversity and Community leads the President's and College's initiatives concerning community, diversity, civility, equity, and anti-discrimination. The Office, working with others in the College, addresses issues from faculty, staff, students, and alumni. These concerns may overlap with equity, discrimination, due process, retaliation. The philosophy is to encourage the College community to listen, learn, educate, and work together in positive ways. At the same time, the Office focuses on systemic issues by addressing policy and procedural concerns.
In September 2008 President Susan Fuhrman recognizing and supporting the work as central to TC's mission elevated the office to a Vice Presidential Appointment.

Diversity, community and civility are integral to our institution and touch every corner of our community. The Office of Diversity and Community Affairs is proud to serve the students, faculty, professional and union staff and alumni that together make up the TC community. We have work to do together and I look forward to a productive and successful year.

Janice S. Robinson, Esq.
Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs
Assistant Professor in Higher Education, Department of Organization and Leadership
Teachers College Title IX Coordinator

Diversity Mission

To establish Teachers College as an institution that actively attracts, supports and retains diverse students, faculty and staff at all levels, demonstrated through its commitment to social justice, its respectful and vibrant community and its encouragement and support of each individual in the achievement of his or her full potential.

Since the issuance of the Diversity Taskforce Report in 1999, the College community has engaged in numerous diversity and community activities. This site serves as a multimedia display of these initiatives and functions as a resource to all constituents of the TC Community. We encourage suggestions, comments, dialogue, and connected understandings.