Diversity Office Core Principals
In accordance with the American Association of Colleges and Universities – AACU, our model for diversity and inclusiveness is as follows:
Diversity: Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations). Individual difference can also be expressed through cultural, political, gendered, or religious world views as held by a community practice.
Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.
Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.
Equity-mindedness: A demonstrated awareness of and willingness to address equity issues among institutional leaders and staff, and to institute policy and procedures that are rooted in social justice methodology to create a global workforce trained in pedagogies of difference, fairness, justice, and democratic practice.