Commitment to Diversity
The college embraces diversity and excellence. We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided the opportunity to flourish and are unobstructed in their pursuit of excellence. Our goal is to create workplace and classroom experiences that promote academic richness through cultural diversity and are free of intolerance and coercive behaviors. Multiculturalism promotes an understanding that the human experience includes, but is not limited to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Biological and cultural diversity are closely intertwined. Intellectual, educational, and cultural ‘monocultures’ invite institutional obsolescence. In an era of increasing globalization and demographic shifts, excellence in research, teaching and outreach will be achieved by developing the multicultural competence of the college. Innovations in inquiry, curriculum, pedagogy and engagement should be undertaken through the lens of cultural pluralism. Deepening our institutional commitment to, competence with and understanding of diversity will contribute to the creativity and prestige of the college in all of its work.
Definition: Diversity is understood as the fact of human difference that makes a difference in how we interact with one another, communities, institutions and ourselves (relative to developing and respecting human potential, creating a supportive, nurturing climate and environment, and acknowledging legal responsibilities to historical inequalities).