Everyone benefits from a wide range of views, and we are all made stronger by a mutual exchange of ideas and resources. The Office for Institutional Diversity leads CMU in promoting and fostering an inclusive and respectful culture that values and supports diversity.

Diversity:  A Definition

Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, gendered, or religious world views as held by a community practice.Recognition that all people are equal regardless of their race, ethnicity, culture, gender.

Part of CMU’s definition is also…

“respect for all our contributions” AND “equitable treatment of all members of the university regardless of background."

Identity Characteristics Included in Diversity at CMU

  • Age
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Gender Expression
  • Gender Identity
  • Genetic Information
  • Height
  • Marital Status
  • National Origin
  • Political Persuasion
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, or Related Medical Conditions
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sex-based Stereotypes
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender Status
  • Veteran Status
  • Weight

CMU Diversity Priorities 1

  • Foster a welcoming and inclusive campus environment.

CMU Diversity Priorities 2

  • Recruit, hire, retain, and promote faculty and staff who will enhance diversity in all areas and levels of the university.

CMU Diversity Priorities 3

  • Recruit and retain students from a variety of backgrounds.

CMU Diversity Priorities 4

  • Infuse diversity into the curriculum and promote pedagogical strategies that encourage student involvement and facilitate respect of diverse perspectives.

CMU Diversity Priorities 5

  • Support the administrative and organizational structure needed to coordinate and monitor campus climate progress.

Benefits of Diversity

  • Cognitive development – especially critical thinking because of multiple perspectives
  • Satisfaction with higher education experience – higher in schools with diversity initiatives because of greater respect for individual students
  • Broadening of horizons

Your Role as a Graduate Assistant

  • Accepting the value of diversity and helping others around you understand its value
  • Graduate Assistants can promote understanding of why this is important for all students.
  • Attend events – bring your students!
  • Make use of other opportunities to learn about people of all backgrounds

CMU Diversity Initiatives

  • Course Requirements: each undergraduate student is required to enroll in a course on global cultures AND on diversity and racism in the United States
  • Diversity Training
  • Programming and Events
  • Services for Diverse Populations
Diversity Programming Opportunities
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Black History Month
  • Celebrating Life Annual Pow Wow
  • College Positive Volunteers Training
  • Diversity Trainings and Workshops
  • Get Acquainted Day
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Indigenous People's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Week
  • Multicultural Student Leadership Conference
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Pride Week
  • Safe Zone Training
  • Soup and Substance Sessions
  • Staff and Faculty Cultural Competence
  • Trans Week of Awareness
  • Unified Annual Holiday Celebration
  • Women's History Month

Services for Diverse Populations

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