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.