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SU Diversity and Inclusion

Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of the Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Diversity and Inclusion leads the campus strategic inclusive excellence efforts and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Salisbury University’s core values include diversity and inclusion because SU recognizes and values the considerable educational benefits emanating from diversity as we prepare our students for life and leadership in a diverse world. We are committed to providing the campus with the tools needed to ensure that SU is a welcoming and inclusive living and learning environment that prepares students to excel in a global workplace and in diverse communities.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), which includes the Center for Equity, Justice, and Inclusion; Cultural Affairs Office, and Multicultural Student Services, advances excellence through diversity and inclusion through partnership and collaboration throughout our internal and external community.

Our Mission

Provide leadership, build capacity and forge partnerships to facilitate shared responsibility for creating a diverse and inclusive campus in which students, faculty and staff can excel.

Our Vision

Inspire a campus culture that reflects and serves all segments of society and whose people, policies and practices serve as a model for inclusive excellence.

Definitions

Diversity : Diversity refers to the variety of personal experiences, values and world views that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic region and more.

Equity : The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all students, faculty and staff in every stage of SU’s education and career development, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of marginalized groups. Learn more about equity principles.

Inclusion : The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can feel welcome, respected, supported and valued. An inclusive climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions so that all people can fully participate in the University's opportunities.

Inclusive Excellence : It is designed to help colleges and universities integrate diversity, equity and educational quality efforts into their missions and institutional operations. It calls for higher education to address diversity, inclusion and equity as critical to the well-being of democratic culture. It is an active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning and engagement in local and global communities. – American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)