EID Task Force


We will advance equity, inclusion and diversity in our programs, curriculum and learning environments – from our school to the communities and disciplines in which we work.

The School of Architecture and Planning confronts racism, misogyny, implicit or explicit biases, and any other practices, structures and policies that undermine students, faculty and staff from leading full professional and academic lives. Equity, inclusion and diversity (EID) are complimentary, reinforcing and interrelated ideas. Without diversity, inclusion is meaningless, and without inclusion, equity cannot be achieved. Equity advances fair, just and equitable outcomes for all people. Inclusion ensures that all people have a full and equal opportunity to be included, embraced, engaged and celebrated in all settings, from physical spaces to decision-making processes. Diversity engages those who have been denied access to an academic environment, including historically underrepresented minorities and people representing varied gender identities and expression, people with disabilities, people from low socioeconomic status, and people from varied countries of origin, especially the Global South.

How will we get there?

Gender equity

Create culture in school and communities where people of diverse gender expressions and orientations thrive.

Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic equity

Develop a culture where students, faculty, and staff from minority groups thrive in school and in life.

Focused racial equity

Develop a culture where African American students, faculty, and staff thrive in school and in life.

Build EID capacity

Ensure students learn about scholarship and design focused on marginalized groups.

Support work-life balance

Cultivate an atmosphere where diverse work-life integration needs are acknowledged and supported for faculty, staff and students.

Create inclusive environments

Ensure physical facilities reflect the needs and celebrate the richness of our diverse students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Reinforce governance

Strengthen governance mechanisms through which EID concerns can be addressed.

The School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo is the only public, nationally‐accredited program in architecture and planning in New York State. Despite status as one of the top ten most racially and ethnically diverse universities in the United States and number‐one ranking in the percentage of international students among public United States institutions, the school struggles tremendously with recruiting and retaining students who are women and underrepresented minorities—challenges that are equally evident in the architecture and planning professions..

The School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo is committed to becoming a leader in diversity and inclusion research, policies, and practices both in the university and in architecture and planning nationally. Fostering a culture of inclusion is essential for educating students who will work and live in an increasingly diverse culture. Broadening the diversity of those who study, teach, research, and practice architecture and planning ensures that a wider variety of diverse needs will be met through these professions. The school will harness the data available to measure our progress annually.

A diverse faculty and student body are necessary components of a quality education for all students because diversity:

  • enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who differ from them.
  • promotes personal growth and a healthy society by challenging stereotyped preconceptions, encouraging critical thinking and helping students learn to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds.
  • strengthens communities and the workplace by preparing students for citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society, and fostering mutual respect and teamwork.
  • enhances the country's economic competitiveness by effectively developing and using the talents of all citizens.

The School of Architecture and Planning Diversity Plan focuses on improving and supporting diversity in areas including, but not limited to:

  1. race/ethnicity
  2. socio‐economic status
  3. gender
  4. sexual orientation/gender identity
  5. disability
  6. religion
  7. age
  8. life experience
  9. international citizenship

Six goals structure the Buffalo School Diversity Plan:

The Buffalo School’s diversity plan is crafted and continually updated under the leadership of Dean Robert G. Shibley, FAIA, AICP, and in consultation with key faculty and staff. 

Queries may be directed to the plan’s authors and coordinator, Prof. Beth Tauke

Special thanks to the following contributors: