In one way or another, diversity at Ball State includes everyone. Anyone can contribute and everyone will benefit. Please review the Office of Institutional Diversity's Strategic Plan 2012 - 2017.
We are saddened by the events that occurred in Orlando on June 12. The university’s Statement on the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion reassures us of our commitment “to ensuring that all members of the campus community are welcome though our practice of valuing the varied experiences and worldviews of those we serve.” We do so without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, physical or mental disability, national origin, ancestry, or age. With this in mind, we would like to assure our LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and alumni that you are not alone. It is a time to put differences aside and demonstrate the best of who we are.
We promote a culture of respect and civil discourse as evident in our 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:
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.
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