The Department of Economics supports the recent calls for greater diversity within the Brandeis community. The senior faculty have met and commits the Department to the following actions:

  1. For our undergraduate program, we will:
    a) increase our outreach to communities within Brandeis that are under-represented in our courses and our major,
    b) broaden the charge of our existing taskforce on gender inclusion within the major to include under-represented groups, and
    c) critically examine our existing curriculum to identify areas where the analysis of race, discrimination, and inequality can be incorporated and expanded.
  2.  For our Ph.D. program, we will expand our efforts to recruit talented students from diverse backgrounds to build the pipeline of future researchers and teachers.
  3.  We are re-doubling our efforts to identify and recruit a more ethnically and racially diverse faculty.

America’s racial legacy plays a key role in today’s economy. Research done by Brandeis faculty makes this abundantly clear. As Professor Katy Graddy‘s research has found, even when income and cost differences are taken into account, fast food restaurants charge more in African-American neighborhoods. And as our colleagues at the Heller School document, the median white household had $111,146 in wealth holdings in 2011, compared to $7,113 for the median black household and $8,348 for the median Latino household. Of course, the issues facing African-Americans are more than just monetary.

We strive to build a community in which all are included and all can learn, create and do research free of artificial constraints based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or any other human distinction.

We recognize that such support requires more than just words.


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