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Concord University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

Concord University and its Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are dedicated to attracting the best students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds, ideas, and points of view. We will achieve this by creating a safe and open environment in which everyone can learn from one another. Concord University’s dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to our academic excellence.

Vision

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council’s vision is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of the Concord community in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will be accomplished through leading, developing, and delivering campus-wide efforts and initiatives to educate and provide a forum for open discussion

Message from the President

Joining the Concord faculty many years ago, it was apparent to me that the values of excellence, respect for others, kindness, and welcoming attitudes were important here; they were valued and practiced by the University’s leadership and by my colleagues. As I have moved through several campus leadership roles, I have been proud to recognize that Concord University is now, and has always been, a place of excellence designed for all students to come, to grow, and to learn. Concord not only invites, but celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion among our students, faculty and staff.

I believe that hearing the voices of those unlike me is one of the best ways to grow and to become a more enlightened thinker. I have been inspired by so many colleagues, staff members, and students to think about ideas in different ways. Higher education settings are the places that can open our minds to new ideas, while also providing specific new skill sets, so that by commencement, our students are ready to enter careers or graduate studies ready to make their marks on the world. In the meantime, students have made impressions on each of us and made us think about the world in new ways. I continue to be ready, as are the faculty and staff of Concord University, to continue productive discourse and conversations so that diversity, equity, inclusion, and growth will accelerate in our community and beyond.

My goal at Concord is to be certain our community recognizes that all respectful, individual voices will always be welcomed here with enthusiasm. I want each of us to be encouraged to remember that listening is a skillset each of us must practice vigilantly. We are committed to listening to one another deeply and to shaping our conversations towards increasingly positive change.

Our Commitment to You

Concord University is committed to the mission and vision of diversity, inclusion and equity in which all of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome and respected. As a committee, we are committed to creating a climate of inclusion that is anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-bigotry of all kinds, and combats prejudice, hostility, or discrimination toward any culture or group.

Message from The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our mission here at Concord University is to lead, develop, deliver, and engage our campus wide efforts and initiatives to both help with diversity, equity and inclusion. Here at Concord University all populations will feel valued and respected, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability. This is an ongoing collective process uniting students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and community. Concord University’s commitment to all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to our academic excellence.

Michael Bean

Dr. Michael Bean, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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