How do we define Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UArts?

In the fall of 2018, the DEI Task Force drafted the following definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion, to frame our work and community conversations moving forward:

Diversity: Individual differences, such as personality, learning styles, life experiences, and group or social differences, including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ability, and cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations.

Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to educational programs and professional opportunities; closing the achievement gaps in
student success and completion as well as professional advancement for employees.

Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity to increase one’s awareness, knowledge, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions; building community; providing a voice to all members of the community.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

President Yager formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force in the Fall of 2018. For UArts community members who would like to learn more about the mission, composition, and work of the DEI Task Force, click "learn more" to be directed to the Portal.

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Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity

The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information, in its programs and activities. The policy on Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity defines prohibited conduct and outlines the process for filing a complaint.

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Title IX Resources

The University's Title IX Resource Page lists resources and information regarding the University's response to reports of sexual misconduct. The Title IX Resource Page contains confidential and private reporting options, emergency support services, on- and off-campus support resources, and the University Policy regarding response to sexual misconduct.

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Educational and Workplace Accessibility

The University supports the ability of our community members to succeed creatively, educationally, and professionally, by removing barriers and promoting acceptance and accessibility in all University programs, activities, and facilities. We provide reasonable disability accommodations to students, employees, and campus guests in order to improve accessibility. Click "learn more" to access the Office of Educational Accessibility's page.

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LGBTQ+ Resources

The University of the Arts is committed to providing a safe, caring, and supportive environment for the healthy development of all of our community members. We are committed to building and sustaining a campus environment that is safe and affirming for all students, faculty, and staff.

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Student Cultural & Religious Groups

Student Clubs & Organizations are a great way for students with similar interests, backgrounds, and identities get together and network, find community, and educate the student body.

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"Diversity embraces human differences while building on the commonalities; inclusion affords faculty, staff and students the opportunity to contribute, collaborate and lead, regardless of differences. These are fundamental components in developing creative, broad-thinking individuals: a multicultural faculty, staff and student body enriches dialogue and collaboration, and broadens perspectives. It is essential that we offer opportunities to create the experiences, perspectives and cultural competencies that will enable our graduates to thrive in an increasingly diverse global environment."
— President and CEO David Yager