Diversity Statement

Diversity Statement

Social Justice SymposiumThe Division of Student Affairs is committed to supporting an equitable learning and working environment that values human dignity and quality of opportunity. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion in which diversity can thrive for all members within the University community.
The Division functions in compliance with University Policy and will not engage in discrimination or harassment (and will proactively seek to include qualified candidates representing) diversity in race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability, or status as a veteran. Further, the Division of Student Affairs will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University’s mission.

Furthermore, the Division will take affirmative action steps to achieve diversity in the racial/ethnic and gender/sex composition of its workforce at all levels and provide accessibility and accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

    • Expanding the development of programs that affirm the dignity of all individuals and assuring equal access to educational opportunities.
    • Fostering the development of a community-oriented environment that purposefully promotes and encourages the student’s intellectual and personal growth and social interests recognizing and appreciating the richness of the diversity in the student and staff population.
    • Encouraging student representation that is reflective of the composition of the student population in all facets of University life.
    • Developing a caring attitude (“ethic of care”) that enables students, faculty, and staff to gain an understanding of the demands of adjusting to the campus environment and the behavior necessary to enjoy a positive university experience.
    • Creating and maintaining an atmosphere in all offices in the Division of Student Affairs that is informative and appreciative of the diversity represented within the student and staff population.
    • Providing out-of-class experiences, programs, and services that are inclusive and promote diversity sensitivity.
    • Hiring, supporting, and developing a diverse staff with the commitment, desire, and expertise to assume responsibility for and to support diversity initiatives.
    • Encouraging diverse representation in student organizations.
    • Fostering a culture of professional and personal development by providing staff training opportunities to increase cultural awareness and competency.
    • The assessment of diversity and inclusion as it relates to staffing, environment, programs, and services will be a normative practice.