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) embarked on the Inclusion Imperative, a major initiative to promote diversity and inclusive excellence in the humanities, made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

UMBC, in partnership with Bowie State University, Coppin State University, and Howard University, has cultivated a regional network of scholars who are committed to diversity and inclusion in the humanities. These fundamental partnerships have guided 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.

Program Staff



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

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

Viridiana Colosio-Martinez
Inclusion Imperative Program Associate