In the summer of 2021, the Director of the UCHV, Melissa Lane, formed an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee. In its first year of operation, the committee undertook an analysis of the Center and its work with respect to EDI. The committee examined internal CHV data, conducted interviews with former members, and organized a set of focus groups of other university faculty through the Dean of Faculty’s office. Through this research, the committee has sought to analyze the relationship between intellectual and demographic diversity in the UCHV, and identified a number of ways in which the Center might promote both. The committee presented an interim report at the November 2021 Strategic Retreat of the UCHV Executive Committee.
Responding to these findings, the Center has taken several steps to make it a more welcoming intellectual home for a wide variety of scholars, and this work is ongoing. We have shifted our seminar structure to open it up to new participants, and to promote greater cohesiveness across the Center’s constituent disciplines. In discussion with the whole CHV community, we have introduced a set of themes to foreground pressing contemporary questions within the range of Center activities. For the 2022-23 academic year, the theme is “Reckoning with Race.” We have also adjusted our faculty fellow and postdoctoral search processes to incorporate best practices.
The committee is now developing proposals for encouraging greater demographic diversity in CHV faculty appointments, including the disciplines that have historically predominated at the CHV, and continues to seek opportunities to collaborate with new departments in order to bring a greater diversity of voices to the Center’s intellectual community. In 2022-23, the EDI committee will be chaired by Tania Lombrozo, the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Psychology and a member of the UCHV Executive Committee, who welcomes input into the work of the committee from members and potential members of the Princeton community.