Our Department has formed a committee to focus on building a community of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) learning and action to promote a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment within which all can creatively pursue and achieve excellence in scholarship and outreach. To achieve this aim, the DEI Committee will seek out and share information on learning opportunities, organize discussions to enhance learning, and enact change. Activities will center on enhancing our capacities as teachers, mentors, and colleagues. This committee will focus at the departmental level working to affect change in areas under departmental control. In addition, the committee will be aware of and congruent with DEI activities occurring at the college and campus levels as well as within graduate studies and affiliated graduate groups.