Reflecting extensive community input through 2020 and responding to student demands from the student-led strike in fall 2020, the College committed in November 2020 to sharing updates twice each semester on progress and to prioritize work to advance equity, inclusion, and anti-racist practices. The Campus Partnership for Equity and Anti-Racism—established by President Cassidy and made up of students, faculty, staff, trustees, and members of the senior administration—will review progress on high-priority actions, offer problem-solving support and feedback on current projects, and create an additional channel of communication and transparency to the broader campus about these efforts.
2020-2021 Commitments and Progress Reports
- Commitments to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (November 2020)
- Interim Progress Report (December 2020)
- Spring 2021 Midsemester Update
The College has also acted on commitments that responded to a June 2020 Open Letter to the Bi-College Community from thirteen Bryn Mawr and Haverford students that generated wide support from students, alumnae/i, and faculty. Bryn Mawr has undertaken the following in 2020-2021:
- Publicly acknowledged and responded to “the harm that students of color, especially Black students, have experienced at Bryn Mawr because we have not taken enough focused and effective action to address racism on our campus.”
- Created and funded a Racial Justice Impact Fund to provide fellowships and grants for students, faculty, and staff to pursue antiracist community engagement, service to organizations, and research that creates an impact beyond Bryn Mawr’s campus. Launching spring ’21.
- Increased funding for the Enid Cook ’31 Center, the residential dormitory and campus cultural and activity center for Black students and their allies.
- Increased funding for the Africana Studies Program
- Through a collaborative effort of the Career & Civic Engagement and the Pensby Center and Center, set up a community resource page for anti-racist learning.
- Committed to advertise open STEM faculty positions more widely, including with the Black Doctoral Network (which Bryn Mawr has joined as an institutional member) and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS); and to do direct outreach about open positions to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions that offer STEM doctoral programs.
- Revised teaching evaluation forms to address the importance of faculty creating inclusive classroom environments in which Black and other students of color can thrive. Began work on revising the forms to reduce implicit racial and gender bias in the evaluation process.
- Raised funds to launch a summer program in 2021 for first-generation and low-income students interested in STEM fields, informed by successful models already in operation across the country.
- Committed ongoing institutional funding with a clear, dedicated budget and administrative assistance to support events and speakers for Black History Month.
Detailed annual reports on earlier equity and anti-racism plan are available on the Institutional Reports and Polices page.