Discovering Diversity Advantages of learning and living in a diverse environment Delia S. Saenz, Ph.D. Director, Intergroup Relations Center Arizona State University Last updated 08-10-07 www.asu.edu/asu101
Welcome to ASU We are one of the nation’s largest and most culturally diverse public research institutions Fall 2006 Total Enrollment 63,278 Students of color 14,769 % Distribution of students of color % Distribution of students
ASU 101 • Find your place at ASU • Empower you to access resources • Promote your success
Small Class Experience • Understand: • Who you are • Your environment • Available tools
Diversity at ASU Defined in terms of representation and inclusion
Diversity as representation Representation is the extent to which our students, faculty, and administrators proportionately reflect the regional and national populations served by our public institution.
Diversity as inclusion Inclusion entails creating a positive learning and working environment, and a climate that is respectful of, and welcoming to, all members of our university community.
Diversity at ASU Representation -- a key attribute Inclusion -- a core value
Demographic Representation and Academic • Ableness • Gender • Nationality • Race/Ethnicity • Religion • Sexual Orientation • Social Class • Disciplinary emphases • Learning styles • Methods of knowledge-building
Connecting with people Individuals reflecting ASU’s diversity are your classmates, your instructors, your co-workers, your friends, your roommates ,and yourself. 63,278 Students 50 States 141 Countries
Inclusion in thought and action Openness to ideas and people, particularly those that come from perspectives different than our own.
Thinking and actions are synergistic actions thinking
Expand your boundaries Diversity at ASU = representation + inclusion
Diversity: an important value that is supported at ASU through • Courses • LSC 363 Genes, Race, Gender, and Society • WTS390 Women in World Religions • APA 330 Asian Pacific American Genders and Sexualities • Programs & Centers • American Indian Program • Intergroup Relations Center • Center for the Study of Religion • and Conflict • Organizations • LGBTQ student coalition • El Concilio • Greek Life
The benefits Diversity- Provides exposure to new knowledge Contributes to the learning process Enhances the educational experience of students Improves the university climate Supports the university mission Improves society
The challenges – little contact, but… • Pursuit of knowledge and education • Shared values such as honesty, • intellectual curiosity, religious beliefs, • love of music and sports, movies, and so on……..
ASU recognizes the value ACD 401 Policy Discrimination is prohibited on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, Vietnam-era veteran status, other protected veteran status, newly separated veteran status, or special disabled veteran status.
Embracing inclusive excellence President Michael Crow: “We must find ways to reach into all our communities with warmth and openness. We need to embrace cultural diversification in America and change the culture of the university as a critical first step.” (remarks delivered at the 2004 Educating for a Diverse America: A Summit and Symposium, Austin, TX)
Welcome to ASU… A university that values diversity
Learn more about diversity... http://www.asu.edu/irc http://implicit.harvard.edu http://www.diversityweb.org/ http://www.understandingrace.org/home.html http://www.understandingprejudice.org/demos/