“All of us must do the work. All of us must begin now.”
On June 19, then-President-elect Mary Dana Hinton shared this message with the Hollins community. In it, she noted that all institutions of higher learning have an obligation to do important work facilitating and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. She then addressed Hollins’ obligation directly:
At Hollins our call must not only be in reaction to recent events, but also to reconcile our institutional past with enslavement; to ensure all of our students – including the voices and concerns of students of color – are heard, seen, and valued, and feel safe on campus today; to create an environment of inclusive excellence that supports rigorous teaching and learning in the liberal arts tradition; and to develop a plan that guides our efforts to be an inclusive community. We must be accountable for equity regardless of what is happening in the world around us.
At the conclusion of her message, she promised to share a timeline for action and an accountability structure. Following a summer of conversations and town hall meetings, President Hinton shared her initial report on August 31: “Diversity, Equity, and Justice at Hollins.” The report includes “key learnings” as well as a list of next steps. You may view this report in either:
In February 2021, President Hinton shared an update on progress (PDF) as well as upcoming plans for the spring term. “We know that the work of inclusion requires ongoing time, attention, and intentionality,” she writes in her introduction. “We will continue this work throughout the spring of 2021 and beyond.”
This page will be updated regularly with additional announcements and to track progress made in the coming months.