At the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, we are committed to actively engaging in an antiracist approach to how we educate, learn, engage, and serve. (1) Aligned with IU’s antiracist agenda, we believe that an antiracist approach cultivates equity, (2) diversity, and inclusion and is a key driver to address all forms of discrimination (3) and hate. This commitment requires that we take an antiracist approach in our advancement of IU’s goal of cultivating a culture of belonging. Through our decision making, events, policies, and programs, we will embrace diversity as a deep recognition and affirmation of who we are and where we come from and we will denounce racism and oppression of all forms. The school values and encourages the engagement of its stakeholders (4) in these endeavors and will work to make it safe and accessible for members of our community to share and provide feedback to ensure transparency, accountability, and responsiveness. We acknowledge that taking an antiracist approach requires ongoing and dynamic attention, and this goal is not yet achieved.
- Antiracist approach: Acknowledging that racial groups are equals and none needs developing, and supporting policies and programs that proactively produces or sustains racial equity. – Adapted from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s book How To Be an Anti-Racist (2019, p. 13, 18, & 24)
- Equity focused: Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are often described in this order: DEI. Yet, diversity is about representation. Equity is about outcomes. Diversity and inclusion are important principles or paths to equity, but equity is the overarching goal.
- Discrimination based upon (including but not limited to): race, ethnicity, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic class, religion, disability, age, military status, political ideology, visa status, economic status, geographic location, and language/linguistic ability.
- Stakeholders (including but not limited to): faculty, staff, undergraduate students, master’s students, doctoral students, certificate earners, alumni, the Board of Visitors, research partners, philanthropy practitioners, donors, and community members who engage in school or institute events and activities.