Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Committee on Equity and Diversity


The Committee on Equity and Diversity (CED) in Arts and Sciences is the key faculty governance body to address the recommendations of the 2017/18 PPC Equity Studies and the 2018-2023 A&S Diversity Strategic Plan, providing concrete suggestions about the best methods and approaches to implement the recommendations.  We ask that the committee study and identify concrete next steps on issues around salary (including considering merit- and equity-based raises; incorporating service, research, and teaching, as well as student advising and mentoring on annual salary increases; addressing salary compression); harassment, discrimination and bullying (including developing definitions, considering professional/research misconduct, exploring information escrows); and faculty diversity (reinforcing inclusive department climates, studying tenure trajectories for URM faculty), among others.  We ask that the committee regularly oversee and evaluate climate, workload and satisfaction surveys and review climate, inclusion, and bystander training.  The CED will be an advisory group for the EVP/EC for the implementation of protocols and policies addressing key issues from the equity reports and acting on its recommendations, including review of salary equity, strategies to improve faculty diversity, implementation of exit interviews, and priorities for data collection and reporting, including the Faculty Information Form.  The committee makes recommendations to the EVP/EC and provides PPC with updates on their work, identifying the most pressing issues and significant challenges, four times per year (ideally twice in each fall and spring term).  


Members of the Committee

Committee Chair:

Johnston, Kathryn

Professor of Astronomy


Committee Members (in alphabetical order):

Natural Sciences

Denef, Frederick

Professor of Physics 

Gonzalez, Ruben

Professor of Chemistry 


Social Sciences

Mantena, Karuna

Professor of Political Science

O'Flaherty, Dan

Professor of Economics

Piccatto, PabloProfessor of History 



Diagne, Souleymane Bachir

Professor of Philosophy and French

Hisama, Ellie

Professor of Music

Williams, Gareth

Professor of Classics


Ex Officio

Nevarez, NatalieAssociate Director for Faculty Diversity and Development

Razaghian, Rose

Dean of Academic Planning and Governance


Administrative Support

Meyer, Eric


Mission Statement

Arts and Sciences Committee on Equity and Diversity Mission Statement

The Committee on Equity and Diversity (CED) is the central faculty governance body working to foster diversity and equity in the scholarly, pedagogical, and administrative practices in Arts and Sciences. Formed in the Fall of 2018, and supported by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences through the Office of Academic Planning and Governance and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, the committee is a faculty-driven and faculty-centered initiative to address practices that have limited the access and advancement of underrepresented groups as identified in the 2017-18 Policy and Planning Committee’s Equity Studies. The Committee sees diversity and equity as integral to the University’s education and research goals. A diverse scholarly community working in equitable conditions increases intellectual richness, vibrancy, and innovation and cultivates and models excellence and inclusion for our students and those outside the University. To this end, the CED supports programming and policies and procedures that promote inclusive and equitable work environments for faculty within their home departments and more broadly across the University. The CED works with faculty, departments, and administrators to foster more equitable climates and cultures and to establish and evaluate policies intended to enhance diversity and equity; such policies and procedures include those focused on the continual hiring of scholars who further the goals of diversity and inclusion and those that address inequitable dynamics in departmental and school culture. 



The Future Repeats Itself: Historical Roots of Anti-Chinese Animus in the time of COVID
Part of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society's Medical Humanities and Pandemic Urbanisms and Understanding Systemic Racism Spring 2021 web series
March 23, 2021, 6-8 pm, Virtual via Zoom
Event Contact: Sarah Monks,


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Diversity Matters


Equity and Diversity Events Program

The A&S Equity and Diversity events pilot program encourages and supports events and programs that highlight the benefits and value of diversity to academic excellence and that help create and sustain an inclusive community within A&S. Faculty members and departments are encouraged to apply for funding to cover costs associated with special events, speakers, workshops, or programs that help advance A&S efforts toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive climate. 


Congratulations to the Fall 2019 awardees:

  • Premilla Nadasen (History, Barnard) and Celia Naylor (History, Barnard)
    Community Conversation: Black Feminist Theory and the Disruption of Conventional Spatial Politics
  • Gray Tuttle (EALAC), Eveline Washul (Weatherhead), and Constantine Lignos (EALAC PhD)
    Catalyzing Conversation: Gender and Sexuality in the Tibetan Context
  • Sailakshmi Ramgopal (History)
    Lecture by Patricia Matthew on challenges facing faculty of color in the academy
  • Ellie Hisama (Music) and Zosha Di Castri (Music)
    Women at Columbia's Computer Music Center: Histories and Futures
  • Christia Mercer (Philosophy)
    New Narratives Graduate Student Symposium
  • Christia Mercer (Philosophy)
    New Narratives in Seventheenth-Century Philosophy: Quaker Women and the Philosophy of Anne Conway
  • Gregory Wawro (Poli Sci), Page Fortna (Poli Sci), Justin Phillips (Poli Sci)
    Interdisciplinary Panel on Bias in Academia


During the inaugural 2018-19 year, awardees included:

  • Zoe Crossland (Archeology)
    Conversations in Archaeology: Research and Opportunities
  • Jeremy Dodd, Frederik Denef, Rachel Rosen (Physics)
    Round Table Seminar Series on Issues Concerning Underrepresented Groups in STEM and Beyond
  • Ruben Gonzalez , Laura Kaufman, David Reichman (Chemistry)
    Inclusion in Action: Strategies for Your Classroom, Research Group, and Beyond
  • Frank Guridy, Adam Kosto, Lien-Hang Nguyen, Rhiannon Stephens (History)
    Workshop on Enhancing Diversity among Graduate Students in History
  • Robert Mawhinney (Physics)
    Site Visit to the Columbia Physics Department by the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics
  • Christia Mercer (Philosophy)
    New Narratives Graduate Student Symposium