Inclusion Imperative

The Inclusion Imperative was a major five-year initiative promoting diversity and inclusive excellence in the humanities. The program is made possible through a grant to UMBC from the Mellon Foundation.

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) introduced the Inclusion Imperative, a major five-year 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, cultivated a regional network of scholars, who are committed to diversity and inclusion in the humanities. These fundamental partnerships 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 supported and expanded community-engaged humanities research, teaching, and learning focused on issues of equity, inclusion, and justice.

To learn more, please visit the Inclusion Imperative website



The Inclusion Imperative is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.