SUMMARY OF FINDINGS OF THE TASK FORCE ON RACIAL EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION:
To establish a series of baseline or reference data points, the Task Force attempted to compile demographic data on students, faculty, and professionals nationally and across all major academic programs in the School. In reviewing this internal data, and focusing specifically on Black students in this initial effort, the Task Force identified three key trends to serve as important context for the ongoing work towards racial equity at TuSA:
1. TuSA is not graduating alumni that reflect the racial demographics of the United States.
The pie charts below show that, according to data from the U.S. Census, from 2000-2020, roughly 14% of the U.S. population ages 20-34 identified as “Black or African American.” At TuSA during this same timeframe, Black or African American graduates represented just 3% of undergraduates and 6% of graduate students.
2. The percentage of undergraduate Black TuSA graduates has remained flat or declined slightly over the past 20 years.
The following two charts show the number of actual TuSA Graduates (in black) identifying as Black, versus the number that would have graduated in a given year (in blue) if our alumni reflected the national demographics. The resulting blue area shows the gap, or "missing," Black graduates referenced above.
3. Black TuSA students change majors or otherwise drop out of Architecture at twice the rate of all other undergraduate students.
RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE:
- Advocate & Mentor: Establish a new senior administrative faculty role at TuSA to serve as an advocate, advisor, and mentor specifically for the voices of BIPOC students in all programs.
- Design & Plan: Charge each academic program at TuSA to develop a report and strategic plan for advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in their respective programs.
- Measure Success: Establish a standing faculty committee to review progress and benchmark the successes of TuSA’s long term efforts to advance racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Be Transparent: Build out REDI content for the TuSA website and share our journey through TuSA communications and social media efforts.
- Be Accountable: Establish an Alumni Accountability Board on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
The Task Force submitted their findings and recommendations through a Final Report last February 12, 2021 that the TuSA faculty and staff unanimously voted to adopt. You can view the full report as either PDF or TXT files.