Driving Inclusive Excellence through Training, Education, and Research

To continue meeting the demands of an increasingly diverse society and to prepare our students to be effective change agents in a global world, Agnes Scott’s teaching community and administration continuously examine the social patterns and systems that have — and continue to — shape teaching and learning at the college.

Our commitment has led to several concerted plans and actions that advance a climate of inclusive excellence, including:

  • Examining all college efforts through an equity lens.
  • Addressing and reporting on the following faculty-specific recommendations from the 2019 climate audit:
    • a) Further explore perceptions of disparity in faculty workload by race and gender.
    • b) Continue efforts to diversify the faculty.
    • c) Continue to analyze employee pay equity for racial and gender parity.
  • Enhancing collaboration between the Division of Equity and Inclusion and academic affairs areas to address any area of concerns identified from the results of the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education survey that relates to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI).
  • Conducting regular analyses of student achievement, withdrawal and completion rates by race and socioeconomic status to identify any gaps and provide support.
  • Ensuring justice, equity, diversity and inclusion are integrated into every level of SUMMIT through a scaffolded approach.
  • Reviewing curriculum to ensure that the college addresses justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as appropriate across all majors. The curriculum committee has taken this on for 2020-2021.
  • Promoting and embedding the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion’s faculty fellows in initiatives and projects to further JEDI in all academic areas. This includes existing faculty/staff fellows and recruiting a new Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) fellow to further our TRHT campus center’s work.
  • Encouraging faculty involvement in designing cultural programming through history/heritage planning committees and event collaborations.
  • Eleven presidential campus grants that address racial and social justice:
    1. Expanding McCain Library’s Shuronda Gardner Smith Multicultural Resource Collection
    2. Conducting R.E.S.T.: Race & Ethnicity in Sports Training
    3. Decolonizing the Curriculum, One Syllabus at a Time: Pedagogy as Social Justice
    4. The Psychology and Racial Justice Leadership Program
    5. Medieval Literature and Racial Others
    6. History in the Community & Agnes Scott: Inclusion and Exclusion
    7. Social Justice in Foreign Language Education: A Critical Pedagogy Approach
    8. Energy Equity Voter Engagement
    9. Literature and Political Violence in the History of the United States
    10. Just Elections: The Theory and Practice of Electoral Justice in the United States and Beyond
    11. What Are You Going To Do With That?: From Humanities Degree to Social Justice
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