Clark is an extraordinary learning community characterized not only by a commitment to discovery, understanding, and knowledge but also by deep appreciation for its importance to individual lives and change in our society. We are a community that prides itself on fostering a sense of belonging and care for one another. In all ways that systemic racism and other forms of oppression appear at Clark, they undermine our community, harm individuals, and stand in the way of every student experiencing the fullest promise of a Clark education. Much work has been done at Clark across the years, especially in the last decade, to move us ever closer toward a fully inclusive, just, and equitable Clark.
But we know we have much work to do. This work will take many forms, involve all members of the Clark community, and require additional resources. It will strengthen our great University, and our efforts and progress must and will be ongoing.
In all this work, we will be building on ClarkForward, the initiative started several years ago that is designed to guide Clark in building evidence-based strategies to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion, in all aspects of Clark’s operations. ClarkForward’s survey work has provided valuable insights into areas where Clark can and must improve to become the community we aspire to be. We are indebted to the students, faculty, and staff who have done so much work already and, at the same time, who are drawing attention to how much we must change for the better.