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.