Our Commitment to Diversity and Anti-Racism

The UB Department of Sociology values all its members and constituents, including undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty. We recognize and support our community’s differences and similarities in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality, indigenous status, citizenship status, ability, and more. The Department is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in all of its endeavors. We pledge to strengthen and enact anti-racist practices in our teaching, service, advisement, and interpersonal interactions. We condemn racism and racist behaviors at the interpersonal, organizational, and institutional levels.

The fair and respectful treatment of individuals, especially the most vulnerable, is a core feature of sociologists’ vision of social justice, as is striving to document and reduce structural inequalities in our communities, schools, workplaces, healthcare settings, and criminal justice systems. The Department affirms its responsibility to demonstrate fairness and respect, appreciating each other as valued members of the community, and to recognize the central place our Department holds in educating students about all forms of inequality. 

Extending the Department’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism includes striving for both short- and long-term improvements based on reassessment of the status quo, our aspirations, and UB’s mission. The Department knows it can do better and is working to broaden diversity and to increase the presence of historically underrepresented groups as it moves forward. This ongoing commitment to diversity means that we take affirmative steps (1) to recruit, hire, and retain faculty, staff, and students from underrepresented groups, particularly Black, Latinx, and indigenous scholars who have historically been excluded from the academy; (2) to create inclusive learning and working environments; (3) to engage in scholarship that impacts discussions of social justice, including racial justice, and support students and faculty whose goal is to pursue research in these areas; and (4) to provide a positive social context in which everyone is able to teach and to learn, without any form of discrimination, intimidation, exploitation, or harassment. The Department will take active steps to prevent – and to respond to – any type of discriminatory behavior. For information on UB’s anti-discrimination policies, please read them here.