Department Climate Resources

Fostering a healthy climate is a continuous activity. To that end, our department organizes a variety of events in order to sustain focused attention on maintaining a department which is welcoming, inclusive, and facilitates scholarship.


Within the Linguistics Department, the following people play a key role in helping to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Equity Advisor (2024: Lev Michael). The Faculty Equity Advisor consults with the Graduate Admissions Committee to ensure equity and inclusion in the admissions and fellowships process, and serves as a resource for promoting a positive department climate by contributing to policies and practices that support equity and inclusion.
  • Linguistics Department officers: All department officers are available to discuss issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion with anyone in our community.
  • Climate Committee (2023-2024: On Hiatus). This committee organizes departmental climate surveys and other department-wide activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and collegial life.

Surveys on Department Climate

Periodically, the Climate Committee sends out an anonymous survey to the department, seeking information about satisfaction with academic life in the department, and overall wellbeing. The results of these survey are aggregated and reported out; appropriate action is taken when themes emerge.