Welcome to the Office of Diversity!
Mission Statement: The Office of Diversity’s mission is to
support and advance all aspects of cultural diversity and social
justice reflected in the University’s mission, values and
Receiving its charge from the Office of the President, the
Office of Diversity is responsible for guiding Salisbury
University’s diversity efforts through various initiatives that
support the mission, vision and values of the university. These
initiatives will enhance the campus climate, curriculum and
co-curricular activities with respect to cultural diversity.
The Office of Diversity is responsible for reviewing and
assessing the institutional Affirmative Action and Equal
Employment Opportunities policies and practices by partnering
with various departments and schools offering implementation
The Office of Diversity engages in collaborative partnerships
to develop strategies, programs and services that support
institutional diversity initiatives such as retention of a
diverse student body, faculty and professional staff on campus.
In addition, the office offers assistance and support with
diversity-related challenges and opportunities, providing direct
support to the University’s Fair Practice’s Officer.
The Office of Diversity encourages lifelong learning and
offers professional development opportunities for all faculty,
professionals and staff, that include, but are not limited to,
diversity awareness, intercultural communication, prevention of
Sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination, and
teaching in a multicultural classroom.
The Office of Diversity is located in Holloway Hall Room 134.
All members of the campus community are encouraged to stop by
the office for educational information, important updates and links to help maximize the
wonderful cultural diversity Salisbury University has to offer!
At Salisbury University we welcome and accept
cultural diversity in the broadest context so as
to recognize, value and learn from all people of varying
cultural backgrounds regardless of their age, class,
citizenship, color, disability ethnicity, gender, genetic
information, immigration status, national origin, race,
religion, sexual orientation and veteran status.
At Salisbury University, we believe that diversity should not
stand alone. We define it in the social construction context of
Culture is a socially constructed phenomenon that
demonstrates how we experience the world and act in it.
Culture is fluid and dynamic, not static.
Culture is learned and shared patterns
of behavior and interpretations. A cultural group
is defined as group of regularly interacting people with shared
customs, language(s), values, rituals, rules, etc. Often, the
way to act in a cultural group is assumed and hidden, presenting
a challenge to someone from outside the cultural group.