At UNC Asheville, diversity means
creating and supporting an inclusive and sustainable community, one
in which people of all backgrounds interact respectfully and in
which each member is valued. To reach this goal requires that we
enhance the range of human diversity on campus, including but not
limited to dimensions such as race and ethnicity, age, religion,
disability, socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and
sexual identity, national origin, culture and ideological beliefs.
We seek to examine and transform
university structures, policies, and practices that reinforce
privilege and advantage. We recognize that every member of our
community has a role in creating a culture of inclusion.
By so doing, we prepare human beings
to live in a diverse world. To navigate in such a world, we must
have the capacity to empathize, to exercise patience, to encourage
active listening, and to develop authentic relationships with people
who are different from ourselves.
UNC Asheville is a community
committed to intellectual growth for all participants and we value
honest discourse. We realize that these efforts may sometimes become
tense or difficult; nevertheless, UNC Asheville will be a safe place
for all. Everyone in this community must act responsibly to achieve
thanks to all of you who sent feedback and ideas on diversity at UNC
Asheville. This definition, now
considered to be in its finished form, is nevertheless
dynamic and subject to review and change as our work on campus
proceeds. As always, we would be happy to hear from you concerning
any aspect of this work.
Diversity Action Council links
Results of DAC
Climate Survey, 2010
American Student Focus Group, 2011