Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Department of City and Regional Planning Statement of Diversity

As part of its progressive mission the Department of City and Regional Planning is committed to the highest level of academic rigor, scholarly inquiry, and professional practice advanced by a culture of inclusion.

Diversity is a goal, necessity, and opportunity that CRP hopes to nourish through its course offerings, community and professional relationships.

Our curriculum encourages a learning environment which draws upon the distinctive viewpoints and backgrounds of students, faculty, related researchers, and other members of the CRP community to create safe and welcoming spaces, in and outside of the classroom, for its members.

The Department recognizes diversity to be centrally involved with questions of power and privilege, and it welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, particularly under-represented ones, to join our community and to redress historical inequity.

We recognize that engaging multiple perspectives in scholarly debate is essential to the ongoing struggle to foster well-rounded professionals and academics on their path to creating more just, beautiful, sustainable, and humanizing environments. For this reason we believe that we are strengthened by diversity in all its forms.