Diversity and inclusion

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences strives to follow ASU’s charter as “a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed.”

Take a look at where we’re at now and what we’re doing to support diversity and inclusion within The College community and beyond.

Who are we as a college?

As the academic core of the New American University, The College fosters educational excellence, intellectual inquiry, discovery and unmatched access through our unique collection of programs in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Our students, staff and faculty represent diverse cultures and backgrounds. Here are some of the demographics that make up our students and faculty in The College. (Statistics are pulled from fall 2020 data.)

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30% of undergraduate and graduate students are historically underrepresented minorities.*

30% of immersion students; 30% of ASU Online students.

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30% of undergraduate students are first generation. 

28% of immersion students; 33% of ASU Online students.

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62% of undergraduate and graduate students identify as female.

63% of undergraduate students; 58% of graduate students. Available data does not yet include non-binary student information.

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16% of faculty are historically underrepresented minorities.*  

62% of those faculty identify as female.

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56% of faculty are tenured or on tenure track.

44% are tenured; 12% are on tenure track. 

*Historically underrepresented minorities include American Indian/Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. 

What do we aspire to be?

We’re building a community of belonging where every voice matters, and where new perspectives and histories are shared.

In turn, we hope to empower our students as a new generation of leaders that will help societies become more socially just.

The Dean’s Advisory Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is charged with making recommendations for activities, policies and practices that will improve The College climate and culture, enhance diversity and inclusion, expand access to resources that address issues of difference and power and improve equity in teaching and learning. 

Council achievements. Share your ideas.

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How do we show a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion?

As outlined in the university’s Charter, ASU assumes “fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.” The College is an integral part of that purpose.  

Members of The College community are leading several initiatives and programs that support diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at a local and global scale.

Awards and funding

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The annual Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Short Term Residency enables scholars who have earned a PhD in a pre-modern field to pursue their research for a period of four to six weeks. Scholars of color, members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy and early career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.

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First-generation college students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs at The College may apply for over $10,000 in scholarships. Applications are available each fall and scholarships are awarded and distributed for the fall and spring semesters.

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This fellowship, supported by The College, the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and the ASU Library, seeks to support the travel and research necessary to make a meaningful contribution to the fields of American Indian history/studies, federal-Indian policies and Indigenous relations with other peoples or the natural environment.

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To improve diversity and equity in the STEM field at ASU, The College launched diversity, equity and justice seed grants to help contribute to equality and inclusion across departments in The College.

Campus and community conversations

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This lecture series hosted by the Health Humanities Initiative addresses how histories of bias, racism and colonialism are intimately bound up in the history of epidemics.

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TomorrowTalks hosted by the Department of English places thought leaders of today in conversation with the changemakers of tomorrow: our students. Each distinguished speaker will explain how they use writing to address our most pressing challenges.

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This series hosted by the Institute for Humanities Research amplifies the voices of scholars whose work engages topics such as the history of community-centered organization, the process of intergenerational knowledge-sharing and relationships with the land, transformative justice and the complexities of identity formation in America.

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The Women and Politics Working Group has been active in the School of Politics and Global Studies since 2013. The working group is a large group of scholars whose research focuses on women’s role in politics.

Centers and institutes

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This center’s mission is to actively drive the discourse and experiences of underrepresented girls in STEM by owning, generating and critiquing the collective body of scholarship on, and offering culturally responsive programs for, girls of color and STEM education.

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This center is focused on producing pioneering research on the structures and processes that impact daily life for children and families in a rapidly evolving world. It seeks to forge alliances among scholars across the social, behavioral, and health sciences and to join them with community partners and policy makers. 

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This center facilitates powerful and informed dialogues and transformative scholarship about issues related to race and democracy. Programs and events feature accomplished changemakers, community leaders, scholars and professionals.

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This project examines how U.S.-born young adults in Arizona perceive their identity and status as Americans and why U.S.-born young adults of diverse backgrounds reimagine, reclaim, rearticulate and reconstitute national belonging.

K-12 outreach

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This series of initiatives within the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics is focused on using basic research to identify factors and develop programs that promote positive outcomes among Latino youth and their families.

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The College’s Early Start program is a free program for students that allows them to join the campus community nine days before the start of the fall semester to prepare them for success in an immersive, integrated experience.

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This lab within the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics conducts high-quality research studies that provide insight into social and cultural factors that shape children's and adolescents' social, school and psychological adjustment in diverse populations.

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The Better Together Challenge at the Sanford School’s Center for Child and Family Success supports middle, junior and high school students' success. Teams of students work with a faculty advisor to design projects to make their school environments more inclusive, safe and equitable. 

Socially embedded programming

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The Children’s Equity Project at the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics works at the intersection of research, practice and policy and focuses on closing opportunity gaps and dismantling systemic racism in learning settings to ensure that children reach their full potential.

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RaceB4Race is an ongoing conference series and professional network community by and for scholars of color working on issues of race in premodern literature, history and culture. RaceB4Race centers the expertise, perspectives and sociopolitical interests of BIPOC scholars, whose work seeks to expand critical race theory.

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In partnership with Rising Youth Theatre, this project led by Rafael Martínez Orozco and Lily Villa is a decolonized approach to centering the lived experiences of marginalized people through student-led story circles. This project will build a living archive of stories that speak directly to our community. 

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This program, led by the School of Molecular Sciences, is part of the larger Inclusive Graduate Education Network, a collaboration of more than 30 professional societies and institutions, leading a paradigm shift in increasing the participation of Black, Latino and Indigenous students in graduate programs in physical sciences.

Training and mentorship

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The Online Undergraduate Research Scholars (OURS) program ​​reinforces The College’s commitment to excellence and inclusion by creating research opportunities, organizing community-building events and providing scholarships to ASU Online students.

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The School of International Letters and Cultures Spanish Heritage track was created to help bilingual students expand their Spanish skills and knowledge of their cultural heritage in a rich, confidence-building environment. 

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The Native Narratives program strives to expand on the tradition of storytelling in Native American culture by using it as a tool to prepare students for careers in the humanities and academia. 

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This initiative helps connect students with meaningful research lab experience during their undergraduate career. The labs are specifically looking for students who are under-represented in the sciences. This includes: racial and ethnic background, sexual orientation, religious diversity, first-generation students, international students, students with disabilities, nontraditional students, rural students, older students and students with families.