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How do we define diversity?

NC State University’s Definition of Diversity

Diversity is an inclusive community of people with varied human characteristics, ideas and world-views and whose interactions both benefit and challenge each other to grow while making the community better.

Such a community will:

  • enhance access, attract and retain a diverse population and promote equity and equal opportunity;
  • encourage interaction among diverse people to enrich the educational experience, promote personal growth and enhance the community;
  • foster mutual respect, value differences and promote cross-cultural understanding;
  • prepare leaders to live and work in a competitive global community.

By definition, NC State reflects diversity because it comprises a community of individuals from varied backgrounds and demographic categories; it encourages, accepts and values a diversity of people and ideas; it seeks to promote an environment where equity, respect and understanding represent the norm in the campus climate; and, it seeks to prepare entrepreneurs who are effective citizens of a global community. We will know that we have achieved authentic diversity when all four of these objectives are fully realized.

  • See also Diversity on NC State University’s main home page.