Posted on February 28, 2022

University of Chicago Creates New Department of Race, Diaspora and Indigeneity

Alejandra O'Connell-Domenech, The Hill, February 25, 2022

The University of Chicago will soon get a new department focused on studying race, diaspora and indigeneity.

The school’s Council of the University Senate — which serves as the college’s “supreme academic body” except for all matters reserved for the Board of Trustees, president or provost — approved the creation of the department during a Tuesday meeting.

“This outcome is the culmination of years of dedicated collaboration and discussion among faculty and students across the University,” Adom Getachew and Leora Auslander, two of the faculty leaders of the proposal, said in a statement. “Our collective work has produced an original approach that will benefit our colleagues, students and this field of study as a whole.”