Diversity Statement

The Department of Economics at the University at Buffalo has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its teaching, research, and service activities. We foster a welcoming and supportive environment for students, faculty, and staff from a variety of backgrounds. We recognize that a diverse faculty and student body enriches the learning process. We value the contributions of all individuals, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, gender identity, immigration status, religion, veteran status, disability, socioeconomic status, age, and citizenship. A diversity of viewpoints and experiences plays an important role in intellectual debate.  

Our department promotes diversity among our students, faculty, and staff. Our graduate and undergraduate programs enroll a highly international student body. We are making significant progress in increasing the representation of women in our doctoral program. Our department strives to improve the number of students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented groups. We encourage applications from qualified women and minority candidates. We believe in the importance of mentoring graduate students and junior faculty so as to support the scholarly development and advancement of underrepresented groups in the economics profession.

The field of economics provides a rigorous framework for understanding important social problems related to diversity, equality, and justice. Students in our department have the opportunity to learn about formal theories of discrimination, affirmative action, segregation, group identity, inequality, and social mobility. They are taught statistical tools that help them to apply this knowledge to real world data. Their training enables them to thoughtfully interpret evidence on discrimination and inequality and to carefully design policies that contribute to diversity and inclusion. Our department includes faculty with an expertise in labor market discrimination and the economics of developing societies. 

University Offices

Office of Inclusive Excellence: http://www.buffalo.edu/inclusion.html

Center for Diversity Innovation: http://www.buffalo.edu/diversity-innovation.htm

Intercultural and Diversity Center: http://www.buffalo.edu/studentlife/who-we-are/departments/diversity.html


Professional Groups

Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession: http://www.aeaweb.org/about-aea/committees/cswep

American Society of Hispanic Economists: http://asheweb.org/

National Economic Association: http://www.neaecon.org/


University Policies

Discrimination and Harassment Policy: http://www.buffalo.edu/administrative-services/policy1/ub-policy-lib/discrimination-harassment.html

Undergraduate Grievance Policy and Procedures: http://catalog.buffalo.edu/policies/academic_grievance_policy_and_procedures_for_undergraduate_students.html

Graduate Grievance Policy and Procedures: http://www.buffalo.edu/grad/succeed/current-students/policy-library.html?q=Academic%2520Grievance


Financial Resources

Emergency Funds: http://www.buffalo.edu/studentlife/help/emergency/emergency-funds.html