The Harvey Mudd College Board of Trustees held a special meeting on December 8, 2020 to hear an update on the 2020 fall semester and plans for spring. The board discussed the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on academic and student life as well as the college’s finances. Additionally, the board discussed their commitment and progress to diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Board of Trustees acknowledges the amount of dedication and work that each member of the community committed to Harvey Mudd College over the last nine months. We sincerely thank each member of the faculty, staff and student body for their dedication as we navigate the challenges presented by the global pandemic. The faculty and staff continue to amaze us with their work and resolve to provide an exceptional online curricular and co-curricular experience. We know these months have been extremely challenging for our students, faculty, and staff, and we commend your efforts.
After several months of discussion, the board adopted four expectations of the board with respect to social justice.
1. Diversify the Board of Trustees by actively recruiting people of color, especially Black, Indigenous and Latino/Latina/Hispanic people, to the Board.
2. Continue our efforts to lead the national discussion regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM.
3. Ensure the College has the resources to accomplish priority programming identified to further goals set for diversity, equity and inclusion.
4. Beginning in 2021, at each September Board Meeting, the administration will present to the Board a summary of diversity, equity and inclusion programs and progress on stated goals. Results of a Board discussion of this progress will be included in the President’s annual review.
In closing, the board recognizes our community’s challenges as we continue to live in these unpredictable times. We look forward to a time when we can all be connected on campus with you as we continue to advance the educational mission of the College together. Thank you for a successful fall semester.
Jim Bean ’77
Chair, HMC Board of Trustees