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Statement on Diversity

The strength of curricular and co-curricular experiences depends upon a campus community rich with diversity of ethnicity, race, gender and gender identity, size, nationality, age, language, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, disability, and political affiliation. Without this diversity, the educational process is diminished.

The appreciation of difference requires all members of this academic community to seek knowledge and understanding through their own unique lenses as well as to recognize the perspectives and needs of others.

Southern Oregon University embraces the following commitments:

  • We are a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and celebration of difference
  • We pay close attention to the cultural differences learners bring to the educational experience;
  • We focus on intellectual and social development through the learning outcomes of knowledge, skills, responsibilities, and integrative abilities that a twenty-first century university graduate must achieve;
  • We challenge each student to achieve academically and contribute to learning in partnership with members of the campus and the larger community.

In addition to coursework across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, these commitments are clearly reflected throughout the University Studies curriculum, which requires students to achieve competencies in communication, critical thinking, information literacy, citizenship, social responsibility, diversity, and global awareness. These commitments are also reflected in the university’s focus on community-based learning and civic engagement, which require students to understand theory and skills and apply them to community and global issues.

These commitments also acknowledge that both students and the institution itself evolve in thinking, skill, and practice as the experience of difference becomes a source of excellence and an instrument of achievement.

Shenethia Manuel
Director of Diversity and Inclusion

1250 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520