Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.— Malcolm Forbes, Publisher Forbes Magazine.
Diversity can be difficult to define; at the most basic level, it engages the recognition of differences between people within groups, organizations, or societies. In the educational setting, the concept of diversity goes beyond race and gender to encompass all sources and meanings of social and cultural constructions of notions of difference. On our campus, diversity speaks to the acknowledgement and celebration of difference, as well as an exploration of how social and cultural differences provide unique and valuable perspectives. Diversity enriches experience; it fosters growth by challenging stereotypes, promoting critical thinking, and building communication. A recognition and celebration of diversity is not just important on college campuses; it is crucial to the functioning of democracies and social justice.