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 2013-2017.
Ball State University
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.
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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Join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Maya Angelou with our literacy program "I Read...I Rise".
"Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise. Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear, I rise. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise. I rise. I rise."
- Maya Angelou
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