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 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 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.