Diversity Advisory Council Charge

The University of Chicago’s distinct intellectual environment of rigorous inquiry depends upon diversity of perspective and experience among those who compose it. We have affirmed this charge since our founding, by admitting and hiring men and women, members of many races, individuals of various sexual orientations and physical capacities, and those devoted to a wide range of religious backgrounds. Most recently we have reaffirmed this charge through initiatives to increase access and affordability for students from all backgrounds and economic circumstances.

The work of achieving a diverse and inclusive environment remains an ongoing unceasing process - on our campus, as within nations and among peoples. This work requires balanced conservation of personal freedoms and collective commitments, so as to foster integrity as well as purpose in our intellectual endeavors. Yet it is work that must be undertaken by all of us, for without it we cannot insure an intentionally open community of learning for all of us.

To better affirm and achieve these aims, and to ensure that concerns about campus climate are represented at the highest levels of university leadership, the President and Provost have decided to convene the University Diversity Advisory Council, a group of faculty members and students that will serve as a direct link to the president and provost on these matters.

We ask the council to:

  • Elevate important issues related to diversity and inclusion to the president and provost
  • Provide consultation and leadership on current and new initiatives including climate surveys, campus-wide discussions, cross-cultural awareness and learning opportunities for students, staff, and faculty
  • Advise on the best approaches to attracting and retaining a diverse faculty and student body generally
  • Recommend approaches to ensure that ongoing efforts around diversity and inclusion are well-coordinate

This council will serve a two-year term and meet with the President and Provost regularly to discuss campus issues related to all forms of diversity and inclusion, not just those related to race and ethnicity.  On or before December 1, 2016 we will ask the council to issue a formal recommendation about whether or not such a council should be reconstituted, what its ongoing mission should be, and how it should be structured, along with other recommendations it deems necessary, to advance the University’s core sense of mission as a open community meant for learning and research.

Diversity Advisory Council Documents