Thomas College is committed to promoting a diverse community in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We recognize and appreciate diversity in relation to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, age, socioeconomic status, and disability. Prominent among the values that define the Thomas College community is civility, which includes mutual respect, fairness, and appreciation of differences. All members of the college are called upon to promote and value this ethic of common respect and civility.
(Adopted – Spring, 2011)
The co-chairs of the task force Dr. Richard Biffle and Professor Judith Hansen-Childers have named 35 members to the force including representatives from: administration and trustees, faculty, students, staff, and alumni.
Establishment and support of educational programs.
Expansion of curriculum and co-curricular activities.
Identifying and delivering support materials and resources.
Creating a more holistic campus learning environment.
The task force will complete the following tasks:
- Review of college’s previous reports, plans and discussions around campus equity, diversity and social justice.
- Review of current literature and best practices on how this information is used in colleges and universities.
- Explore tradeoffs and benefits that arise from different organizational structures, responsibilities, and resource models pertaining to campus equity, diversity and social justice.
- Development of a process that engages discussion and input from a broad spectrum of campus constituents and helps facilitate broader conversations about equity, diversity, social justice, and antiracism on campus.
- Identification of major challenges or tasks that will be left unaddressed, or that will need further attention.