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To Report a Concern Regarding Diversity or Inclusion at Ball State University, Please Contact the Bias Response Team.

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.

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 coursesprograms, 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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Office of Institutional Diversity
134 Whitinger Business Building
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-5316
Fax: 765-285-1328
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