Wilmington College is committed to achieving and sustaining diversity. It seeks to create a campus culture of inclusion and a learning environment that supports educating students who will work, live and serve in a diverse nation and world. This diversity statement is consistent with and expands upon the words in the College’s mission statement that invoke the historic Quaker commitment to social justice and respect for all persons, and that express a desire to provide educational opportunities of high quality to students with varying needs, abilities and backgrounds. Moreover, this statement is the foundation for all diversity initiatives undertaken at Wilmington College. It defines diversity, delineates the College’s diversity goals and describes its benefits. The College’s Diversity Statement was reviewed and approved in spring 2002 by the Board of Trustees, as well as by groups representing students, faculty, staff and administration.
The term diversity has many meanings. While the term is used to refer to differences, the College intends for diversity to be an inclusive term. Its emphasis at the College is inclusion related to racial and ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and economic status. Wilmington College aspires to become more diverse and to extend the benefits of diversity to all members of the campus community.
The following goals foster increased commitment and align resources to increase diversity and realize more fully the benefits of diversity at Wilmington College:
In pursuit of these goals, Wilmington College will enhance and deepen the benefits of diversity for its campus community, especially for its students. The College recognizes that diversity: