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UB Releases Final Report on Race and Equity – UBNow: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff

A university committee released its final report with recommendations for achieving equity across UB, which the campus has begun to implement.

The 264-page report, released to the UB community on June 1 by President Satish K. Tripathi and Provost A. Scott Weber, was released by the President’s Advisory Council on Breed Implementation Committee.

Drafts of the committee’s short-term and long-term recommendations were shared by the committee in March during three days of virtual town hall meetings seeking community input.

In addition to the summary recommendations, the release includes the full subcommittee reports, which offer more detail on potential actions to take in seven key areas: faculty recruitment, mentorship and retention; scholarship, tenure and recognition; staff recruitment, mentoring and advancement; curriculum and pedagogy; student experience and programs; inclusive space; and community engagement.

To view the final report, click here.

In their letter, Tripathi and Weber called the report “a pathway to support and amplify equity in our research, teaching, education, and engagement with the wider region.”

Although ambitious, the recommendations are realistic, they wrote.

“Furthermore,” Tripathi and Weber wrote, “they were developed with the intent not only to cultivate an inclusive environment at UB, but to sustain it for generations to come.”

Tripathi, in the wake of racial and social unrest across the United States, established the President’s Advisory Council on Race in June 2020 to help the university “dismantle structural barriers to equality” and guide the UB toward greater equity in its policies, programs, activities and traditions.

Last fall, Weber appointed an implementation committee to operationalize the recommendations of the President’s Breed Advisory Council.

Both the President and Provost have declared this initiative a top priority for UB and reiterated this again in their letter to the campus community.

The letter, in fact, alludes to the tragedy of the May 14 mass shooting at Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, noting that racial hatred is destroying lives, creating a climate of fear and leaving communities in anguish. .

“At UB, we are working to make meaningful change within our mission. And that is what the committee has sought to do,” the president and provost wrote.

“As we translate our values ​​into action, we will keep the University community informed of the overall progress we are making in implementing these recommendations,” they wrote.

The provost will provide a progress report to campus each fall.

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