Inclusion and Diversity
West Texas A&M University established an Office for Diversity and Inclusion in FY13 in an effort to enhance the University experiences for all qualified students, faculty, and staff, and visitors, including those who are multicultural, first generation, female, and LGBTQ.
West Texas A&M University is creating a University that is open to all individuals, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or veteran status.
The University is developing plans to put in place University-wide programs and activities that will encourage student interaction and make the campus more welcoming to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
In addition to the University's Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination statement, the University uses the definitions that the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) created to describe inclusion and diversity.
The AAC&U defines inclusion as "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".
According to the AAC&U, diversity is defined as "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)".
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion is initiating conversations and collaboratively implementing programming and activities in the spirit of these definitions in order to promote a supportive environment where all students, faculty, and staff are celebrated and valued and where multiple perspectives are respected and welcomed.