Beyond Representation: What Do We Mean by Diversity?

JAN 31, 2020 | 4:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


4406: English Student Lounge


January 31, 2020: 4:00 PM




In On Being Included by Sara Ahmed, she describes how “diversity work does not simply generate knowledge about institutions[...]; it generates knowledge of institutions in the process of attempting to transform them” (173). This roundtable, organized by the Committee on Program Diversity and the ESA’s Diversity Committee, will discuss the work of “attempting to transform” through the institutional enactment of diversity, access and inclusion. How is diversity being defined by the GC as an institution? What are the structures that support it? How is it reflected in curriculum? The students? The faculty? What are the burdens of representation? And how do efforts toward diversity and inclusion fit into the larger landscape of higher education? This roundtable will discuss experiences with both the macro and the micro, the ecology of diversity and inclusion efforts as well as the everyday practice and policy at the classroom, program, and institution level at the GC.