Concord University embraces all forms of diversity

Concord University is committed to diversity and inclusion for all individuals in all aspects. As such, Concord promotes equal access and opportunity through programming, academic courses, campus organizations, employment and University admissions.

As a public, career-focused liberal arts institution, Concord serves as a regional resource with a multicultural and multinational perspective. To prepare our students for productive lives that positively contribute to societal growth and well-being, it is essential that Concord serve as a model of inclusion and acceptance.

To this end, Concord embraces the values of mutual respect, fairness, understanding and appreciation of differences, leadership, and service to others. Hatred of individuals or groups, discrimination, bigotry, intolerance of others, or bullying and harassment are unacceptable. As a community, Concord stands committed to welcoming and actively promoting acceptance.

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.

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.


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.

Concord University is committed to fostering an educational environment that values the development of human potential, cultural and ethnic diversity, justice and equal opportunity. Students are considered for admission, employment and access to programs based on individual merit. Concord University (CU) strives to promote equitable and fair treatment in every aspect of campus life for all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, veteran or military status, disability, or genetic information. This non-discrimination statement also applies to all educational programs including other related activities covered under Title IX which prohibits sex discrimination in higher education. Students may contact the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Student at 304-384-5256, the Counseling Center at 304-384-5290, their Academic Advisor, or their Resident Director if they have concerns or complaints regarding possible discrimination.

Concord University provides and promotes equal opportunity and equal access in admissions, academics, hiring and employment, and other aspects of University life. Below are some of the relevant affirmative action/equal opportunity statements relating to Concord.

BOG Policy No. 47 on Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity.

CU adheres to the principle of equal opportunity without regard to race, sex, color, creed, national origin, or physical handicap. This policy extends to all programs and activities supported by the University.

Housing & Residence Life: Valuing Diversity

The Office of Housing and Residence Life cannot and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or age. Beyond the law, we are strongly committed to providing an environment free of discrimination, prejudice, or harassment. In order to grow and develop, students must be respected and valued by other members of their community for the person they are and what they want to become. If you have a diagnosed condition covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act which warrants special housing accommodations, you are strongly encouraged to notify the Director of Housing and Residence Life as soon as possible after you have been officially accepted to Concord University.

Disability Accommodations

Concord University is committed to working with students with disabilities to assess their needs and to assist with academic accommodations that may be necessary and appropriate due to their disability. The Office of Disability Services assists in the coordination of appropriate services, based on the Student’s individual documented needs. We also seek to enhance understanding of disabilities and provide support within the campus community. Please visit the Disability Services page for more information.

Sexual Harassment/Assault Statement

It is policy at Concord University that sexual harassment or assault, or any other form of harassment or assault, will not be tolerated. The University affirms that students have a right to study in a positive atmosphere free from sexual harassment and abuse.

Human Resources

Concord University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Concord University adheres to the principle of equal opportunity without regard to race, sex, color, creed, national origin, or physical handicap. This policy extends to all programs and activities supported by the University.

The Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative (CDI) was created in November 2009 by the Higher Education Policy Commission. The CDI and its coordinating body, the Diversity Council, is charged with developing a system-wide approach to create and support enhanced policies and strategies for diversity within the state’s four-year public colleges and universities as institutions and communities. Recognizing institutional missions, histories, and objectives, the CDI offers advice and guidance on the development of programs under the initiative and coordinates current and future programs to ensure a diverse postsecondary experience at the state’s public colleges and universities.