A&S Equity and Inclusion

You Are Welcome Here

At the College of Arts and Sciences, the principle of equity is integral, woven into the mission of our college. Our college is at the forefront of helping to develop diverse leaders for a global world. As members of the A&S family and Bearcat family at large, we welcome you. 

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What Equity and Inclusion means to us

Generally, there are numerous definitions for how one understands the meaning of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. At A&S, we want to be intentional in how we use and understand this language.

When we use the word diversity in A&S, we are referring to the presence of a wide array of individuals from different backgrounds. These different backgrounds could include race, ethnicity, nativity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, sexual expression, socioeconomic status, ability and age as well as others.

When we are discussing equity in A&S, we are referring to ensuring justice and fairness in access and opportunity. We do this by acknowledging the sociohistorical context and causes for the current inequity we see in the world.  We do this by creating, normalizing and standardizing transparent and equitable policies and procedures.  

When we say inclusion in A&S, we are referring to the act of creating, nurturing and sustaining a culture of mutual respect for all members of our A&S family, no matter the differences among us. We do this by inviting, valuing, hearing and respecting diverse voices as key stakeholders and decision makers in our college.

Coming Soon: Equity Dashboard

Check back soon for the latest diversity, equity and inclusion metrics and outcomes from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Our Team

Dr. Littisha Bates in the UC AACRC

Dr. Littisha Bates

Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Littisha Bates was named the inaugural Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Community Partnerships for UC’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2020. The appointment is part of the College’s ongoing commitment to promote an inclusive environment among its students, faculty and staff.

Nia Thomas

Nia Thomas

Nia studied Political Science and earned a Social Justice certificate from the University of Cincinnati and is now working towards her Master’s in Public Administration (SJ). She works directly with community partners and aids in the retention of LSAMP and COF scholars.