COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ANTI-RACISM INITIATIVE
June 29, 2020
Words are not enough. We cannot wait any longer to act. Although the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to restrict the University’s operations and affect its financial resources, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is committed to making anti-racism—the policy or practice of opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance—central to all that we do. Over the course of 2020-2021 CLAS will invest significant funds and effort to advance the anti-racist initiatives described below. We do not promise overnight results; these measures are not a panacea for systemic racism that has been embedded in American life since its founding. But we do promise meaningful actions and a long-term commitment to reflection, scrutiny and positive systemic change.
DISCOVER YOUR PASSION
The oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers more than 40 academic programs and cultivates knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenging and changing world.
CLAS undergraduate and graduate students can find opportunities for collaborative research and learning with faculty who are dedicated teacher-scholars and among the most distinguished in their fields. From pinpointing a protein that could hold a key to cancer screenings, to testing the impact of industry on local waterways, to critiquing creative writing alongside published novelists, each experience elevates learning and yields insights.
The College’s dynamic, integrated curriculum encourages creativity and innovation, developing critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders well positioned for diverse and interesting careers. With an emphasis on faculty-student engagement, experiential learning and a global perspective, CLAS is where students find their passion, path and purpose.
EXPLORE OUR PROGRAMS
THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
STORIES OF DISCOVERY
The grant supports Dr. Giesberg's project "Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery," which recovers the stories of families separated in the US domestic slave trade.
With the help of a new gift from Albert Lepage ’69 CLAS, the Center will invest in local and national efforts to engage the public in understanding the stories and effects of the global coronavirus pandemic.
The award will support a new REU site, “Astrophysics and Condensed Matter Physics at Villanova University,” led by a collaboration between Villanova’s Department of Physics and Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science.
Scott Dietrich, PhD, an assistant professor of Physics, received an NSF CAREER grant, the most prestigious award supporting career-development activities for teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.
AT A GLANCE
GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR
SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2019
FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2019-2020
OF THE CLASS OF 2018
COMPLETED AN INTERNSHIP
STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR
OF THE CLASS OF 2019 STUDIED ABROAD