Diversity and Inclusion

Involves prioritizing access and affordability as well as a responsibility to make institutional transformations necessary to remove barriers, assumptions, and biases that limit opportunities. Leaders and employees are expected to be responsible citizens who value knowledge, creativity, global awareness, and social and cultural understanding. They will create a climate where all can achieve their highest aspirations in a safe and welcoming environment.

Skills for Diversity and Inclusion

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Integrates practices that promote a diverse team and inclusive organization as a business objective. Seeks out diverse ideas, opinions, and insights. Seeks to be a change agent and model for other units via expectations, policies, and practices that create a welcoming and inclusive environment. Able to inspire others to champion diversity. Advancing D&I initiatives to create an inclusive, respectful work and learning environment. 

Managing Diversity (E-Course)
Why Diversity Matters (Video)
Robert Jones Managing for Diversity and Inclusion (Video)
Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe (Video)

Leveraging Campus and Community Resources

Identifies opportunities to partner with community schools, businesses, and agencies to deliver programs and services, further research questions and effectuate research findings, and recruit outstanding students, staff, and faculty. Recognizes that partnerships between the University and the community it serves is critical to the University’s land grant mission. 

How to Challenge Systematic Racism  (Article)

Intercultural Communication

Understands how culture and cultural norms impact all forms of communication – verbal, non-verbal, and written. Ability to effectively communicate with people from different backgrounds.

Underrepresented Minority Considered Harmful Racist Language (Article)

Cultural Competence

Ability to knowledgeably and respectfully interact with individuals from all backgrounds without stereotypes, assumptions, and biases or at least an awareness of such with an eye towards correcting one’s biases. Regularly examines biases and seeks insights to avoid stereotypical behavior. Understands the impact of microaggressions and cultural missteps, even when unintentional. Appreciates the value of perspective taking and empathic engagement.

What Are Microaggressions (Article)
What Microaggressions Small Slights Serious Consequences (Article)
Why “Latinx” is Succeeding (Article)
Avoiding Unconscious Bias (Article)
Managing Multiple Generations (E-Course)
Moving from Cultural Competence to Antiracism (Video)
Implicit Bias (Video)

Continuous Learning

Appreciates that diversity is complex and requires lifelong learning and development. Ability to self-assess, recognize skill gaps, and identify opportunities to develop in those areas. Ability to receive feedback when missteps occur. Open to a learning environment of ongoing feedback and opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.

White Academia Do Better (Article)
1619 Project New York Times (Article)
Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History (E-Course)
Racism, not a lack of assimilation, is the real problem facing Latinos in America (Article)
Let's Get To The Root Of Racial Injustice (Video)
Symbols of Systemic Racism - and How To Take Away Their Power (Video)
Nick Burbules Self Awareness and Hidden Assumptions (Video)


Solicits diverse perspectives in creating policies, implementing practices, and decision making. Seeks out and recognizes the value of engaging different perspectives in developing innovative solutions that have broad, real-world impact.

Challenges for Women in Senior Positions (Article)
Managing Multiple Generations (E-Course)
Creating a Sense of Belonging in the Workplace (Video)

Global Diversity

Recognizes that the University’s international population and global footprint are some of the University’s strongest assets. Appreciates the opportunities for cross-cultural learning, interactions, and developing cultural competencies. Leverages the University’s domestic and global diversity to enhance outreach efforts, develop collaborative relationships, and strengthen the University’s reputation as a leader in global education and innovation.

Andrew Alleyne Making the Case for Diversity (Video)
Culture Guide
The Six Things You Need To Know To Say In Any Language (Article)