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Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

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Here, within the College of Liberal Arts, we think broadly and lead boldly to be a force of good in the world. In our mission to do so, we recognize that this includes learning, living, and engaging with a diverse and inclusive community of scholars from all walks of life. Everyone in our College will have a place to thrive, regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, political beliefs, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. To us, diversity is excellence expressing itself through the intersections of perspectives and lived experiences.


Excellence in discovery, learning, and engagement can be achieved only in a diverse community of scholars committed to the free, open, and respectful exchange of ideas in all of its activities. We will continue our efforts to enlarge and sustain this community of scholars. It is our mission to:

  • Increase the diversity of the University community to reflect our global and multicultural society through the recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations
  • Improve the academic climate of the College so that it is increasingly civil, respectful, accessible, and free from harassment
  • Create, sustain and improve an environment that supports intellectual inquiry, cultural enhancement, and awareness of broader societal issues