Statement on Diversity

“I am proud to join with our students, staff and faculty to raise our voices in a call for the fair and respectful treatment of all. Universities should be safe spaces for the exploration of ideas and the pursuit of knowledge–there is no place within the academy for acts, whether overt, subtle or unconscious–that marginalize any member of the community. As those who work each day to pursue truth, we have the responsibility to challenge acts of intolerance and racial bias.”

Christine Riordan
10th President Adelphi University

Diversity is an affirmation of the richness of human differences, ideas, and beliefs. It encompasses the range of human differences that includes age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability and sexual orientation as well as the invisible differences such as religion, nationality, socio-economic status, belief-systems, thought-styles, military experience and education. Adelphi University values and supports diversity to ensure that we are the model for a socially just and inclusive institution.

Historically, Adelphi University has been “committed to promoting diversity among its students, faculty and administration to allow for the infusion of multiple perspectives into its curriculum and its operations.” (Adelphi 2015: A Strategic Plan for Adelphi University) “The University will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, (including sexual mis-conduct) or retaliation” and avows that such intolerance is “reprehensible…in a community related by strong bonds of intellectual interdependence, collegiality and trust”.(AU Anti-discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Policy)

The AU Diversity Committee acts to provide direction to our community on issues of Diversity, promoting awareness of diversity issues, events and policies, serving as a resource on these issues, and collaborating efforts with established groups and offices to engage the Adelphi community in meaningful dialogue on the subject of diversity and inclusion. Working with our faculty, students and administrators, we support and nurture a social climate, academic curriculum and institutional culture that will enable our students to see differences among people as a powerful tool for innovation and problem solving.



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Thoughts on Diversity

Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.– René Dubos, French-born American microbiologist, environmentalist, and humanist

Thoughts on Diversity

Accordingly, globalization is not only something that will concern and threaten us in the future, but something that is taking place in the present and to which we must first open our eyes.– Ulrich Beck, German Sociologist