Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice Commitment Statement

The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) Department at the University of Georgia aims to promote social justice, disrupt systems of oppression and marginalization, and advocate for the well-being of diverse individuals and families through teaching, research, and outreach. This is central to promoting optimal individual and family development.

The HDFS Department commits to:

  • Diversify our faculty, staff and student body
  • Create opportunities and venues for continued faculty, staff and student learning, accountability, and discussion about issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Utilize critical pedagogical practices in our curriculum that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in undergraduate, graduate, and extension education
  • Generate and disseminate socially relevant research and scholarship
  • Engage with diverse communities through culturally responsive, decolonizing[1] service and outreach
  • Create a climate of social justice learning within the HDFS community by examining and challenging institutional structural inequalities
  • Annually assess our individual and collective progress toward these commitments

[1] Decolonization is the process of deconstructing colonial ideologies of the superiority and privilege of Western thought and approaches.  (Source:  opentextbc.ca/indigenizationfrontlineworkers/back-matter/glossary-of-terms/#decolonization)

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