Support the Diversity Cluster Hire

Members of the GW community have long asked for a serious and sustained commitment to a much more diverse faculty.

Amplify those voices with your signature.

In the summer of 2020, the wave of Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder prompted universities across the nation to ask themselves whether they are adequately fostering diversity and combatting racism on their own campuses. For many, including George Washington University, an honest answer can only be “no.”

GW is celebrating its bicentennial this year, something we can all take pride in. And yet, in its two hundred years of existence in a diverse, cosmopolitan city, it has never made a substantial, meaningful, and consistent effort to recruit and retain faculty of color. At best it has pursued a patchwork approach, involving special opportunity hires and occasional regular hires from individual departments committed to diversifying their ranks.

GWUFA welcomes your support on a petition telling President Thomas LeBlanc and Provost Brian Blake to fund a diversity cluster hire.  This would be a clear signal to the university community and well beyond that the university commits itself to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a fitting start to GW’s next two hundred years.

Find the details and add your name here:  https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/gw-diversity-cluster-hire?source=email&

In solidarity,
GWUFA Steering Committee

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GWUFA is a grass-roots, faculty-run organization and has no official relation to the university administration or the Faculty Senate.

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