Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity: Core Principles
The Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at CMU has identified four core principles (in accordance with the American Association of Colleges and Universities – AACU-guidelines) in the new model for diversity and inclusiveness. They are as follows:
Diversity: 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, religious, or other affiliations). Individual difference can also be expressed through cultural, political, gendered, or religious world views as held by a community practice.
Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.
Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.
Equity-mindedness: A demonstrated awareness of and willingness to address equity issues among institutional leaders and staff (Center for Urban Education, University of Southern California), and to institute policy and procedures that are rooted in social justice methodology to create a global workforce trained in pedagogies of difference, fairness, justice, and democratic practice.
Utilizing these principles, CMU's Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion partners with campus entities to design, develop, implement and inform campus and non-campus partners on the strengths we as a community share, so that we do educate and inform the global citizenship that we now face in an increasingly diverse world.
When we focus on our differences, we build walls. When we focus on
our similarities, we build bridges of communication and understanding.
And as we progress, we will find the bridges we built were excellent
investments in our lives.
I encourage you to join us as we build bridges and celebrate our diversity!
Dr. Traci Guinn Buckley
Interim Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity