Academic excellence is enhanced by accepting and recognizing the differences among and within many cultural and other groups of individuals. Academic excellence and personal growth can be improved within a respectful workplace and a welcoming student environment such as a public university. Public universities perform a critical role meeting the needs of not only our community but the needs within our state, region, and nation. We endorse the concept of diversity as inclusiveness that is reflected as an essential element expressed in our University core values.
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion, collaborating with University divisions, colleges, departments, units, and groups, has developed, is implementing, institutionalizing, and monitoring the Excellence Through People 2013-2018 Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Action Plan in accordance with the Revised University Strategic Plan 2014-2018, and provides support for a University environment where all qualified individuals of all identities and multiple perspectives are respected, understood, valued, welcomed, and fully included in the University community.