Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Hartford International University for Religion and Peace is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

After the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, President Joel N. Lohr encouraged the community in June 2020 to work with him and senior leaders to address how we as an organization—systemically—will deliver on our commitment to support racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.

President Lohr tasked the University’s Senior Leadership team with making recommendations to address systemic and historic racial inequities both internally and externally. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees adopted several of these recommendations, including:

  • Hiring a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
    Lorraine Ryan, who has worked at Hartford University in various positions since 2007, was promoted to that position on July 30, 2020.
  • Establishing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council
    The council had its first meeting on Sept. 17, 2020.  Members include:
    • Lorraine Ryan, Chair – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
    • Naseem Shaikh, Trustee
    • Lucinda Mosher, Director of the MA in Interreligious Studies
    • Joe Chung, Events Coordinator and C&PE Manager
    • Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Distinguished Professor, Community Liaison, and Research Consultant for Howard Thurman Center
    • Gilana Levavi, International Peacemaking alum

In its first meeting on Sept. 17, 2020, the council established an annual meeting schedule and began a review of the recommendations put forward by the University’s Senior Leadership Team. The council also agreed that the university’s website should include a section on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to serve as a clearinghouse for internal initiatives, news, resources, and upcoming events. The council is beginning to examine opportunities for structured dialogue on race and social justice, implement a process to respond to racial incidents at the university, as well as partner with and support other groups in Hartford working to further social justice. As the council begins to compile and analyze various data, diversity targets will be established and shared.

HIU Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Suggestions

Please use the form below if you have an idea/suggestion for the Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The form will be received and responded to by the DEI Officer.

Thank you for your commitment to DEI at HIU!

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