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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Welcome from the Associate Dean

Kishi Animashaun Ducre

Greetings to all students, faculty, staff and alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S). As A&S’ inaugural associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion, it is my mission to ensure that there are no barriers to anyone’s full participation in campus life, from researching to teaching to learning.

As such, I am the leader and strategist for addressing issues related to recruitment, mentorship, retention and promotion of students, faculty and staff who have been systematically blocked from success in higher education. You can read more about me in my biosketch. You can also read A&S' Draft Diversity Action Plan Summary (2018) .

Yes, the challenges are real and many. And yes, there have been times recently, when I, like many of you, have been discouraged. However, I draw inspiration from the inscription on the monument to Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington DC that reads:

“We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Dr. King’s observation sustains me as a reminder that our efforts and activism here on campus—and indeed, the efforts of countless others across the country—are helping to build towards a time of justice and change. Thanks to longstanding and strong leadership in A&S, we have put in place infrastructure and processes that will help the A&S community find an inclusive, equitable and supportive place to teach, learn and achieve without hindrance.

I invite you to check back here frequently for more information. I’ll be writing a blog with periodic updates about our progress towards a more equitable environment. I’ll also be posting links to campus resources, events and FAQs. If you’d like to receive email updates from me, please sign up.

Meanwhile, please feel free to contact me at

Together, we will bend the arc toward justice.


Kishi Animashaun Ducre, PhD
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Workshop One: Inclusive Teaching, Drs. Mangram and Garland 
Thursday, September 10, 4-7:30p, and
Friday, September 11, 2020, 1pm-4pm

This three-hour workshop, designed by faculty for faculty, explores key concepts of cultural sensitivity and the practices of cultural competency, with emphasis on identity, diversity in the learning environment, and the climate for inclusion. This introductory workshop provides a foundation for later learning opportunities. This introduction includes:

  • case studies directly relevant to our global University community and
  • powerful video clips from an original Syracuse University film, (…and nobody said anything: Uncomfortable Conversations about Diversity) created by two of our faculty.  

Register for the September 10 workshop

Register for the September 11 workshop

Advanced Faculty DEIA Institute, with a keynote address by Professor Biko Mandela Gray, Department of Religion
Friday, October 30, 2020 10am-2pm

The ADVANCED Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) INSTITUTE is offered multiple times yearly to participants who have completed Workshop One or have a substantial body of pre-existing work on racism or other discrimination “-isms”. This institute provides more in-depth resources to faculty, who then become more experienced trainers, facilitators, and classroom and research leaders. From an individual perspective, with outstanding external and internal speakers and pre-meeting resources available, this opportunity builds leadership skills, deepens knowledge, and forms faculty peer connections in areas of faculty diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. It is about skills both in the classroom and in research.