The economics department is committed to fostering close interactions between faculty and students. Every member of the economics faculty strives to bring students face-to-face with new problems and broader knowledge that require new ways of thinking. We challenge students to grapple with questions that arise in their lives and in the broader global community. We also are very active in faculty/student collaborative projects, which give us a chance to work more closely with many of our students. The economics department has long had a deep commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and this is reflected in many ways in the composition of the department and our activities.