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Climate & Inclusion Statement

The Glasscock Center for Humanities Research has a solid record of outreach to and support for underrepresented and marginalized groups, however, it is our aim to develop our practices and programs in this regard. Climate and inclusion (C&I) are essential areas to address within and beyond the world of the academy. Creating environments of diversity and shining the light on topics that are both important and challenging to discuss in some research spheres are a part of our mission, and also function as part of the foundation of the humanities at Texas A&M. Our Climate and Inclusion Plan addresses the existing quality of climate and inclusion at the Glasscock Center. It lays out the goals and objectives that the Glasscock team plans to accomplish in 2020-2021, specific to a four-point plan: Recruitment, Retention, Climate, and Equity.

As part of our full plan, we are implementing these four points with specific goals:

  • Recruitment goals
    • Identify projects which represent diverse topics related to equity/inclusion and implement calls to solicit applications;
    • Offer more opportunities for the wider community to attend events
    • Continued compliance with regard to Equal Opportunity Employment when recruiting staff
  • Retention goals
    • Continue our current efforts -- and establish new long-term commitments -- to support diverse research endeavors in the humanities and humanistic social sciences;
    • Maintain a consistent virtual presence with renewed focus on promoting our commitment to inclusion and equity;
    • Retain affiliated faculty as active members of the Glasscock Center community
  • Climate goals
    • Maintain a welcoming and safe environment where historically underrepresented groups and individuals can thrive;
    • Promote research endeavors and accomplishments that address topics relevant to diversity/equity/inclusion;
    • Implement regular programming related to these topics, in support of these groups
  • Equity goals
    • Improve accessibility of our events online by offering recordings with closed captions in more than one language;
    • Provide more opportunities for funding and sponsorship directed toward historically underrepresented groups and research projects
    • Continued compliance with respect to accessibility and reasonable accommodations for visitors as well as our team members

If you would like to view a copy of our full (draft) plan, please contact us at glasscock@tamu.edu