Diversity & Inclusion

University Definition of Diversity

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.

University Diversity Goal

ECU is committed to enriching the lives of students, faculty, and staff by providing a diverse academic community where the exchange of ideas, knowledge and perspectives is an active part of living and learning. The university seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. The university defines diversity in a broad context to include the representation, integration and intersection of different races, genders, ages, ethnicities, cultures, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identity, veteran status, socio-economic status, intellectual positions and perspectives. The university desires a pluralistic academic community where teaching, learning and living occurs in an atmosphere of mutual respect in pursuit of excellence. The university considers diversity, the opportunities afforded by a diverse learning environment, and the authentic interaction among people from various backgrounds and persuasions to be essential elements in achieving excellence in academia.

University Diversity Vision

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.