Enhancing Diversity in Geography
A central tenet of mine is that with greater diversity comes greater creativity so I applaud the efforts of Drs. Tyler McCreary and Sarah Lester to develop a project plan to enhance and support diversity and inclusion in the department. The project will include an independent external evaluation of current practices and offer specific recommendations regarding how to create a more inclusive environment for teaching, learning, and research. Towards these efforts I would like to ask that everyone play a role in the assessment if/when asked. We hope that a rigorous evaluation of current practices with concrete suggestions for improvements will lead to transformational changes in the department in alignment with FSU’s Strategic Plan to increase the diversity of the student body, faculty, and staff. A diverse workforce in the department will lead to a competitive advantage, greater innovation, and new experiences for dealing with the complex problems of today’s world.