Diversity is central to our mission of discovery
At the University of Chicago, diversity is fundamental to our mission. Rigorous inquiry requires a diverse faculty, and we have embraced faculty diversity since the University’s inception. Today, UChicago is a community where individuals with different identities, experiences, backgrounds, and viewpoints exchange ideas and learn from one another.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Initiative works to maintain and strengthen an environment where individuals are welcomed, engaged, and heard in order to express our values in new ways that reflect the scholarly and societal questions of our times. We have a group of faculty diversity liaisons representing each school and division who are tasked with staying abreast of the University’s diversity initiatives, priorities, and concerns. The Provost's Postdoctoral Fellows Program program provides up to two years of funding for the highest caliber junior scholars from diverse backgrounds, including historically underrepresented groups.
By broad definition, the University views diversity to include (but not to be limited to) race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability status, nationality, and politics. Achieving such diversity while creating an environment where individuals are welcomed, engaged, and heard is a challenge UChicago officials take on with confidence and the knowledge that fulfilling these high aspirations with respect to our core values will demand ongoing attention and work by the entire community.