CAS Diversity and Inclusion

At Winthrop University in the College of Arts and Sciences, diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our academic mission and institutional identity. We value and see others as whole people. Our faculty, staff, and students work together to create a community where people of all races, ethnicities, genders and gender identities, sexualities, socioeconomic classes, cultural backgrounds, nations of origin, ages, religions, political perspectives, abilities, and body types can truly thrive.


2023 IDEA winner


IDEA Award 

The College of Arts and Sciences presents the IDEA Award each year to Departments who demonstrates ...

  • Stated commitment to DEI
    A consistent record of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and related initiatives that impact the students, department, college, university, and/or broader community
  • Work to support DEI
    A consistent record of success in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and related initiatives that impact the students, department, college, university, and/or broader community 
  • Commitment to improving DEI from within dept.
    Innovative approaches to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department, in areas such as recruitment, retention, promotion, academic, and other programming activities 
  • Upcoming plans and partnerships
    Innovative plans for future diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, particularly plans developed in partnership with other University programs 

Why Biology?

  • At the department level, Biology developed a DEI Committee in 2022 spearheaded efforts such as hosting DEI events to foster open discussion about DEI goals and issues, sharing resources with faculty, and collaborating with the student success committee
  • With the student success committee, they worked to organize departmental events to foster relationships with faculty, as one faculty member found in their research that all students - with a stronger trend with Black and African American students - are more likely to reach out to faculty after such an event
  • The Biology Student Success Committee will be helping with de-aggregating data from a few different annual surveys that contained probes for student feedback on DEI efforts to help guide departmental DEI efforts
  • Additionally, Biology created a clear plan about what their future goals were in the department related to DEI efforts.

Honorable Mentions for 2023

  • English
    • The courses are highlighting works from individuals in underrepresented populations 
    • Hosted a podcast with DEI focused episodes
  • Mass Communication
    • Reviving the Native American Film festival
    • Have worked through an annual review process to integrate DEI-related assignments into virtually every course
  • Political Science
    • 5 out of 10 of the University-Level Professional Development Workshops were led by faculty from Political Science
    • They helped to organize the Sexual and Gender Equality (SAGE) Week in 2023
  • Social Work
    • Hosted a Reach and Practice (RAP) Series that highlights social issues faced by vulnerable populations
    • Had an honoring outstanding Black Social Workers award

    2022    Department of Mass Communication