Benefits of Diversity & Inclusion
What does a relevant and meaningful 21st century public research university look like?
It is first and foremost a university that is accessible to an increasingly diverse student body, providing every student opportunities to learn with the best minds in the country and to participate in cutting-edge research.
it is an engine for economic development and workforce training in a global marketplace.
It is a place that prepares students to be successful in a rapidly changing, interconnected society where professional and personal interactions take place amidst myriad communities of difference.
How do you build a 21st century public research university?
You use an empirically based approach to recruit and retain a diverse student, faculty, and staff while also intentionally and actively creating a specific set of opportunities to use this diversity to enhance learning and performance for the entire campus community.
What are the hallmarks of excellence at a 21st century public research university?
The rewards you will experience by studying and working in a diverse and inclusive community of scholars like the one you will find at the UA, are many. You will be encouraged to be more creative, consider new approaches, and develop previously unconsidered knowledge in response to some of our society’s most demanding problems. You will engage with students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds in ways that challenge you to continue developing intercultural competencies such as critical thinking, complex problem solving, and intercultural communication skills, all necessary for success in a global marketplace. You will experience a campus discourse that reflects a sophisticated understanding of the concrete benefits of diversity and inclusion and that holds each one of us accountable for creating the conditions we need to maximize these benefits for everyone’s advantage.
Learn more about what research has found to be the specific benefits of diversity and inclusion by exploring the pages in this section of the website. You will access user-friendly tools and practical tips to make a difference in your own learning experience, teaching, research, and/or workplace.
What are the definitions of diversity and inclusion?
Why are diversity and inclusion important in college?
How do diverse and inclusive learning environments benefit students?
What are the benefits of diversity and inclusion for teaching and research?
How do you build inclusive learning environments?
What are the challenges of creating a diverse and inclusive campus?
What can the academy learn from workplace research and practices?
How do you manage diversity to create inclusion and excellence?
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