Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Economics Department is committed to creating an equitable, inclusive and respectful environment for all. We seek to enroll students in economics classes from diverse racial, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, immigrant, international, sexual orientation, ability/disability, and religious backgrounds. We strive to improve the number of economics students from underrepresented groups for whom access has been historically limited. Increasing diversity in economics is crucial to bringing new voices and ideas to our classes and to the field of economics, and may even change the questions we ask as economists.

We value diversity of perspectives, experiences and interests and embrace a culture of collaboration and intellectual debate. Economics provides a rigorous framework for exploring a wide range of important social issues including discrimination, poverty, and inequality. Students in our department have the opportunity to learn from faculty experts who specialize in areas such as innovation, education, international economics, public sector economics, finance, environmental economics, monetary economics, labor economics and economic demography. Many of our professors conduct interdisciplinary research and teaching and are open to working with students to develop their own diverse interests inside and outside the classroom. Through application of economic theory, economists use statistical tools and data to help change the world through public policy and civic engagement.   

Resources for Students:

AEA Summer Program (AEASP)

The Andrew Brimmer Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Expanding Diversity in Economics Summer Institute (EDE)

Girls Who Invest

Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC)

The Sadie Collective

Resources for Faculty:

AEA Initiatives for Diversity and Inclusion

Best Practices for Economists

EDUCATE Workshop

Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP)

Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP)

Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Individuals in the Economics Profession (CSQIEP)

Diversifying Economic Quality 

American Society of Hispanic Economists

Association for Economic Research of Indigenous Peoples

Chinese Economist Society

National Economic Association

Federal Reserve Board - Diversity and Inclusion