Diversity Defined

"Diversity" defined can be very broad in scope and includes each member of the University community, with the understanding that each individual possesses unique social identities. The principles of diversity and inclusion, however, move beyond understanding the characteristics of each social identity and lead to creating an inclusive community and environment. The University's commitment to diversity and inclusion requires a set of conscious practices that involve:

  • Building alliances across social identities to work together to eradicate all forms of individual and institutionalized discrimination and oppression, including, but not limited to, discrimination and oppression based on race, ethnicity, national origin, immigrant status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical ability, cognitive ability, mental illness, religious beliefs, physical appearance, income, military experience, geographic location, marital status, education, and parental status.
  • Instilling in all members of the University community the values and tools necessary to empower them to combat all forms of discrimination and oppression that will prepare each individual to be a responsible local and global citizen and leader.
  • Recognizing that personal, cultural, institutionalized, and organizational discrimination and stigmatization along social identities creates and sustains privileges for some while creating and sustaining oppression for others.
  • Practicing mutual respect for our own identities, as well as identities different from our own.
  • Exploring differences and similarities in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Moving beyond tolerance to embracing and celebrating the identities each individual possesses.


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