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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

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 kanimash@syr.edu.

Together, we will bend the arc toward justice.

Sincerely,

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