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Receiving its charge from the Office of the President, the Office of Institutional Equity 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 Institutional Equity 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 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 Practices Officer.
The Office of Institutional Equity encourages lifelong learning and offers professional development opportunities for all faculty 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 Institutional Equity is located in Holloway Hall Room 100. All members of the campus community are encouraged to stop by the office for educational information, important updates and links to help maximize the broad cultural diversity Salisbury University has to offer!
At Salisbury University, we believe that diversity should not stand alone. We define it in the social construction context of cultural diversity. 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 a 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.
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Salisbury University. A diverse and inclusive campus community brings irreplaceable value to our educational experience and work environment, and strengthens us all. Diversity encompasses more dimensions than just the legally protected categories. All people have talent and potential that is spread across communities and groups, locally and globally. Inclusion means creating an environment of respect, connection and involvement among people with different experiences and perspectives. We strive to create a truly diverse and inclusive environment where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives of our community is harnessed to create value for our institution, today and in the future.
Developed by the Diversity and Inclusion Consortium Committee in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Equity. Ratified by Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach, President of Salisbury University, on March 29, 2016.