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It is our pleasure to welcome you to the new web page of the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, a university wide committee founded in 1987, which is an initiative of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Denise Rodgers, the Vice Chancellor for Inter-professional Programs, RBHS, serves as chair, and Isabel Nazario, Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives is co-chair of the committee.

We invite you to explore our grant program, Dialogues Across Differences, which provides support to bring together faculty and staff in a sequence of conversations to foster critical dialogue on complex, sometimes controversial issues across differences.  Program discussions are aimed at moving beyond tolerance while seeking pragmatic solutions to current conflicts; and aim to enhance capacity for dialogue of intersectional topics that may include religion, culture, disabilities, race, class, gender, age, LGBTQ+, and politics.

Join us at our awards programs to become familiar with the research, leadership accomplishments and community engagement projects of our faculty, staff and university-community partners that are transforming how we see and understand intersectional diversity, equity and inclusion across all of our campuses.   See our photo gallery and learn about the honorees of our annual awards; the Clement Price Human Dignity Award, the Leaders in Faculty Diversity Awards, and Special Achievement Award.

Vision:

To sustain and nurture a civil, compassionate, intellectually honest, and inclusive academic community that is respectful and fosters dialogue, and interaction between those with differing views and belief systems. 

Mission:

The mission of the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes is to recognize, promote and build capacity for university community development that values diversity, equity and inclusion.  

Members: