As a School of Public Health, we want all members of our community—staff, students and faculty—to feel that they are valued, and that their strengths are recognized. We want to create a culture of diversity and inclusion.
What is a culture of diversity and inclusion?
A culture of diversity and inclusion fosters and supports an environment where each person is valued, and is confident in contributing insights and skills. It is not simply that differences are tolerated, but that diversity is seen as a source of strength. This type of culture allows organizations to be more innovative, flexible and adaptable, as they benefit from the contributions of all their members.
All students, staff and faculty, benefit professionally, academically and socially in an academic environment that values and promotes diversity and inclusion. They are better prepared to think, live and work in our global society.
Diversity and inclusion is about recognizing, respecting and celebrating the broad range of characteristics and differences among people. These differences include ethnicity, race, language or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, educational background, life experience, family status, faith / religion, socio-economic standing, ability (physical, mental, cognitive), group (or political) affiliation, and individual ways of being and thinking.
According to this view, each person has multiple, and often evolving, cultural identities.