Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


The College of Liberal Arts’ Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEAs) Committee works to celebrate and promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and access within the College of Liberal Arts. The CoLA IDEAs Committee strives to include, support, and listen to the voices of every member of our community, whether students, staff, faculty, or alumni. As an advisory committee, our primary charge centers on developing equitable support for an inclusive, diverse community that is accessible to all stakeholders.  Working in collaboration with those stakeholders, the CoLA Dean's office, and with DEI committees in CoLA departments, other colleges, and at the university level, the IDEAs Committee identifies areas for improvement and proposes curricular, research, programmatic, policy, and community engagement initiatives, among others.

We value multiple perspectives and embrace excellence through diversity of all kinds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, disability and neurodiversity, size, socioeconomic status, religion, age, veteran status, immigration status, Indigenous status, and national origin.


The CoLA IDEAs Committee announces 3 new awards focused on inclusion, diversity, equity, and access! 

There are three separate award programs funded by College of Liberal Arts’ Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEAs). A total of $4000 is allocated to these programs to support students and faculty. We are working with the university to also add a staff award in the future. Details regarding applicant/nominee qualifications and the procedures for each program can be found on the Scholarships & Funding page.

Learn More About the Awards