As Interim Associate Provost of Diversity, I am pleased and honored to be able to serve the Ball State and Muncie community. Of course, I cannot do this work alone. In his 2017 fall convocation address, President Mearns called on each of us to do the work of creating an inclusive culture here at Ball State University. Creating this inclusive culture begins with the daily efforts to build positive relationships and continues in our efforts to build inclusive practices, curricula, and communities. Thank you to everyone who has been and continues to be part of this effort. Also, welcome to new members of this community who have recently joined in the cause. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions, ideas, insights, or concerns. Our goal is to play a role in helping each of us build our diverse and inclusive community.
Interim Associate Provost for Diversity
and Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity
Diversity News This Week Link
Ball State will host the 2017 Diversity Research Symposium with Keynote Speaker Dr. Angela Davis . More details here.
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
• Multi-week courses
• Discussion Forums
• Career center
• Time Management
• Work-Life balance
• Personal Organization
Ball State received the 2017 HEED Award, the only national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses.. Read more here
Ball State Program to Receive AACTE Multicultural Award Read more Here
Ball State University
Please review the Office of Institutional Diversity's Strategic Plan 2012 - 2017.
Statement on the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion
Ball State University aspires to be a university that attracts and retains a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Ball State is committed to ensuring that all members of the campus community are welcome through our practice of valuing the varied experiences and worldviews of those we serve. We promote a culture of respect and civil discourse as evident in our Beneficence Pledge.
At Ball State, diversity is an integral part of our identity. Our success depends on our efforts to cultivate inclusivity within our pedagogical, scholarly, and creative pursuits. Community is an inherent and crucial aspect of such efforts at local, national and international levels. As we recruit and retain a diverse administration, faculty/staff and student body, we strive to ensure that our students are prepared to engage and succeed in increasingly diverse environments. Our recruitment efforts will continue to include historically underrepresented populations to create the cultural milieu that promotes participation by all.
We are committed to the pursuit of excellence by being inclusive of individuals without regard to race, religion, color, sex (except where sex is a bona fide qualification), sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, physical or mental disability, national origin, ancestry, or age. Ball State will be a place recognized for its positive climate—one where all stakeholders know that their contributions to the mission of the university are essential to our success.
Ball State University is committed to:
- creating innovative courses, programs, and practices that attract, retain, and nurture a diverse university community
- fostering a university environment that enables all who contribute to excel in a culture that is growing ever more diverse
Whereas other initiatives focus on particular aspects of diversity, our equal opportunity and affirmative action policies use a broad definition of diversity referring to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, national origin, ancestry, age, and citizenship.
The Office of Institutional Diversity is not only committed to diversity programming for students; it also support several faculty development programs as well. The Diversity Associates Program, the Developing Pedagogies to Enhance Excellence Seminar, and the Diversity Seminars are three programs that encourage faculty to explore the relevance of diversity in all classes.
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To Report a Concern Regarding Diversity or Inclusion at Ball State University, Please Contact the Bias Response Team.
For more information regarding diversity efforts on Ball State University's campus, please view the Diversity Asset Inventory, provided in collaboration by the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.