The Office for Diversity and Community Affairs was created in January 2001, in response to recommendations of the President's 1999 Taskforce Report. The Office for Diversity and Community Affairs 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, anti-discrimination, retaliation and due process concerns, sexual assault and other gender-based misconduct concerns. 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.
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.
Our DEI report, released in June, 2022, provides a comprehensive overview of the state of diversity, equity and inclusion at Teachers College, establishes a data baseline against which we will gauge progress, and lays out the action plan for advancing our strategic priority to institutionalize DEI at the College.
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Dear TC Community Members:
It is with heavy hearts that we write to you about a number of horrific incidents that remind us that racial biases and institutional racism persist during this pandemic. Communities of color, who already are disproportionately affected by the deadly coronavirus, are now facing harsher treatment by police. Reports of aggressive and even violent police enforcement of social distancing regulations in low-income communities continue to mount while enforcement of those same regulations is lax to nonexistent in affluent neighborhoods. These inequities remind us all that our collective work to highlight and address the needs of the most marginalized must persist even as we adjust to new ways of teaching, learning and researching.
The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs and Teachers College are monitoring COVID-19 updates and we are adjusting our day-to-day operations to maintain service to our tight-knit TC Community during these uncertain times. As we continue to engage with each other virtually, let us not forget that Teachers College is committed to providing a working, learning and living environment free from discrimination and harassment and to fostering a vibrant, nurturing community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members.
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