About the Office for Equity and Diversity

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) provides leadership in the university's efforts to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. 

OED promotes a diverse, respectful and inclusive environment for the university community through educational programming, training and seminars. The Office promotes equity in university-wide educational opportunities, programming and employment in order to sustain a diverse and inclusive learning, living and working environment.

The scope of the Office for Equity and Diversity encompasses institutional equity and diversity functions involving education, intervention, compliance, consulting, programming, outreach and assessment. Institutional practices, in support of the principles of diversity and equity, are monitored in this office. Our goal is that the guiding principles of equity and diversity are applied and assessed institutionally pertaining to administration, academics, budgets and strategy.


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East Carolina University has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for seven consecutive years. This national honor distinguishes the university as an institution that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

ECU defines diversity in a broad context to include the representation, integration and interaction of different races, genders, ages, ethnicities, cultures, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, veteran status, socio-economic status, intellectual positions and perspectives. ECU desires a pluralistic academic community where teaching, learning and living occurs in an atmosphere of mutual respect in pursuit of excellence.

ECU will cultivate an inclusive, respectful working, living, and learning environment; provide culturally and academically rich educational experiences; prepare our students to lead in a global multicultural society; and engage the region through inclusive social and economic opportunities.
ECU recognizes that diversity and respect for human difference within the academe is a key source of intellectual vitality and innovative spirit. The university promotes diversity on campus, nurtures it and realizes its full benefits within the context of teaching, learning and living. ECU focuses on diversity not as an end unto itself, but rather a means to a beginning of respect and unity for and among members of the university community.