Dear Members of the TC Community,
Today, as TC celebrates Juneteenth and honors both the progress we have made since then and the racial injustice we must still overcome as a country, I am excited to share with TC faculty, staff and students our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report.
In President Bailey’s 2021 State of the College address, he introduced five Strategic Priorities, the second of which is to institutionalize diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) so the College may model the type of equitable and anti-racist community we seek to build and foster in the world and within TC. A key objective of this priority is to increase transparency around our strengths and areas for growth by publishing regular reports on the current state of diversity, equity and inclusion at the College. The report I am sharing today provides a comprehensive overview of the College’s current state in diversity, equity and inclusion and an initial data baseline against which we will evaluate future efforts. Moving forward, we will report out on a narrower set of metrics that we will use to gauge our progress.
Through the years, DEI has always been part of TC’s work, but events over the past few years make it abundantly obvious that there is still so much we must do together to combat racism, anti-Semitism, hate, intolerance and inequity. We have witnessed the continued senseless and brutal murders of Black people followed by the escalation of hateful rhetoric, a rise in anti-Asian and anti-Semitic violence, and intolerance toward the LGBTQIA+ community and women. In response to these atrocities, TC is redoubling its commitment and resolve to fight inequity and advance social justice for all – and this work must begin from the inside out. I invite you to read the report to learn about our comprehensive plan to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable community for our faculty, staff and students.
I am deeply appreciative of your tireless efforts thus far and thank you in advance for your continued support and personal efforts going forward. I look forward to seeing many of you this afternoon at the Juneteenth Celebration Barbeque!
Janice S. Robinson
Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs
Title IX Coordinator
Associate Professor of Higher Education