Statement on Anti-racism and Diversity

The Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees recognizes the broad reach and effects of racism and injustice in all aspects of our lives and the disproportionate impact on our Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students, faculty, staff and alumnae/i. We know that Agnes Scott College has made many strides in the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and in the transformative goal of eliminating structural barriers to equal treatment and opportunity on campuses and in our communities. This past winter, this work was recognized when Agnes Scott College was selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as one of 24 universities to host Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) campus centers across the United States in a national effort to eradicate racial hierarchies and eliminate social inequities.

We affirm the college’s mission and strides to create a humanistic, anti-racist and inclusive culture for BIPOC and other marginalized members of the campus community. We fully endorse and support the college’s commitment and efforts to continue cultivating a vibrant culture committed to anti-racism, justice, diversity and inclusive excellence for every stakeholder. We uphold the college’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

We further commit to make anti-racism one of the key priorities for the board’s and the college’s work and responsibilities for the coming year. Our pledge is to pursue a thoughtful plan of action in support of the college’s mission to further develop anti-racism strategies. As we reflect upon our body, we recognize the need to cultivate increased diversity in our membership and will do so. As such, the Board of Trustees will:

  1. Ensure that the candidate pipeline development, selection process, and orientation of new trustees are informed by anti-racist values, standards, and education.
  2. Ensure board work and decisions support the college’s justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion agenda.
  3. Commit to regular conversations, training, and learning about anti-racism actions.
  4. Report on our progress at the end of the year.

Adopted January 2021

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