Due to its growing strategic importance to the future of our campus, diversity and inclusion represent the sixth strategic priority in Vol Vision 2020.
In the original Vol Vision plan, these initiatives were integrated across the strategic priorities. Our objective with this strategic priority is to provide an institutional framework to align future actions.
The American Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Commission for Access, Diversity, and Excellence defines diversity “to include all aspects of human difference, including, but not limited to race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, social-economic status, and status as a veteran.”
The Association of American Colleges and Universities’ defines inclusion as: “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.”