Inclusion at Emory: How to Change our Structures, Practices and Expectations through Innovation


David Lynn, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry and Biology

Leslie Taylor, Professor of Theater Studies

Kim Loudermilk, Senior Lecturer in the Institute for the Liberal Arts

Vialla Hartfield-Mendez, Director, Engaged Learning

Funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, this ALC includes faculty from the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities in Emory College of Arts and Sciences. We work together to think across disciplinary lines to address two questions: (1) Building on work already underway at Emory, how do we expand the ways institutions such as Emory think about inclusion? (2) How do we change university culture such that inclusion is embedded in our University’s structure and practice?

In addition to a focus on those underrepresented in the academy because of race and ethnicity, we also want to think about the inclusion of those who have diverse life experiences and who work in fields across the academic landscape. We further want to build greater vertical connections across the undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and staff continuum. Bridging the barriers across disciplines, in a horizontal sense, has taught us that interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation removes critical barriers to achieving this broader inclusive excellence.