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The humanities offer crucial tools and perspectives for addressing pressing issues of civic life. Now more than ever, we need these humanities tools to advance local and national conversations about our history, our identities, and our common future. With this charge in mind, UMBC’s Dresher Center for the Humanities and College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) introduce the Inclusion Imperative, a major five-year initiative to promote diversity and inclusive excellence in the humanities, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

UMBC, in partnership with Bowie State University, Coppin State University, and Howard University, are cultivating a regional network of scholars, who are committed to diversity and inclusion in the humanities. These fundamental partnerships guide the development and implementation of the Inclusion Imperative’s three programs: the Diversity Teaching Network in the Humanities, the Visiting Faculty Fellowship Program, and the Humanities Teaching Labs. Through these programs, the Inclusion Imperative supports and expands community-engaged humanities research, teaching, and learning focused on issues of equity, inclusion, and justice.

Inclusion Imperative Program Staff

Jessica Berman, Ph.D.
Inclusion Imperative Program Director
Director, Dresher Center for the Humanities
Professor, English
Affiliate Professor, Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies; Language, Literacy and Culture

Scott Casper, Ph.D.
Inclusion Imperative Program co-Director
Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Professor, History

Lindsay DiCuirci, Ph.D.
Humanities Teaching Labs Director
Assistant Professor, English
Affiliate Faculty, Language, Literacy and Culture