A Commitment to Diversity
Ohio University is committed to promoting an atmosphere where understanding and acceptance of cultural and ethnic differences are ensured.
President Roderick J. McDavis underscored the University’s ongoing commitment to promoting diversity by citing its importance in his 2004 inaugural address. “A climate that represents and embraces different cultures enhances Ohio University’s ability to provide all of its students with the experiences necessary to successfully compete and achieve in an increasingly diverse and complex society. There is no better way to learn about the world than to create an environment where students of diverse backgrounds—and indeed, students from all over the world—study, live, learn, and socialize together.”
Ohio University is bound morally, emotionally, and intellectually to pursue the realization of a vision of real community. As a result, it is committed to equal opportunity for all people and is pledged to take direct and affirmative action to achieve that goal. In upholding its commitment, Ohio University will not accept racism, sexism, homophobia, bigotry, or other forms of violations of human rights. Such actions are inconsistent with, and detrimental to, the values that we hold essential as an institution of higher learning. All students, faculty, and staff of Ohio University are expected to uphold the University’s commitment to a just and diverse community and to take a leadership role in ensuring an atmosphere of equality.