Diversity is a critical and valuable strength, but its many benefits are not automatic. They take our ongoing commitment and action as learners, educators, and citizens.
Knowing this, in 2014 HGSE launched Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity — a yearlong community conversation around how we can nurture relationships, lead classrooms, and build institutions that are successful, thriving, and stronger because of their diversity. We realized quickly that the need to engage issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion ran deeper, extended further, and was larger than we had imagined. Recognizing this informed a deeper commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion across our curriculum, in our classrooms, in our hiring for faculty and staff, and in our campus culture.
Today, Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity is the moniker that captures the numerous ways that HGSE engages the ever-evolving diversity, equity, and inclusion conversation. Steeped in the continued belief that professional educators should have the skills and knowledge to create and sustain thriving, diverse environments, whether in classrooms or boardrooms, HGSE endeavors to cultivate teaching, knowing, and understanding that centers diverse students, faculty, and staff. Driven by the idea that for us to change the world we must start at home, with everyone truly being included, we strive to understand how we, as learners and teachers, can best contribute to our educational environments.