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Statement on Diversity

Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement

Texas State believes that freedom of thought, innovation and creativity are fundamental characteristics of a community of scholars. To promote such a learning environment, the university has a special responsibility to seek diversity, to promote inclusion, to instill a global perspective in its students, and to nurture sensitivity, dialogue and mutual respect. Discrimination against or harassment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veterans' status, gender identity or expression are inconsistent with the purposes of the university.

At CDGS we value:

  • A diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global and international perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life;
  • The cultivation of character and the modeling of honesty, integrity, compassion, fairness, respect, and ethical behavior, both in the classroom and beyond; and
  • Engaged teaching and learning based in dialogue, student involvement, and the free exchange of ideas. 

DE&I Definitions

Equity: (Endorsed by Council for Inclusive Excellence) 

Equity is providing and supporting policies that promote fair and just opportunities for all members of the university community in order to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious affiliation, age, (dis)ability status, veteran status, immigration status, and political perspective. 

 

Diversity: (Endorsed by Council for Inclusive Excellence) 

Diversity is the acknowledgment, encouragement, and appreciation of the quality of differing identities, experiences and belief systems required to fully characterize a wholistic representation of a myriad of identities inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious affiliation, age, (dis)ability status, veteran status, immigration status, and political perspective. 

Inclusion: (Endorsed by Council for Inclusive Excellence) 

Inclusion is the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement to recognize and encourage diversity and equity within all elements of the university community, such that everyone feels welcomed, recognized and valued in their chosen identity(ies).