“A commitment to diversity and the pursuit of inclusion is a necessary value in our society. It makes perfect sense that UCONN, as the state’s flagship institution of public higher education, would model, embrace and live out that commitment, as we prepare our students to become the leaders who will graduate prepared to change our communities, this state and our world.”
- Joelle A. Murchison
Inaugural Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, 2016-2018
The University of Connecticut envisions itself as a community that welcomes, encourages, and supports individuals who desire to contribute to and benefit from the institution’s missions of teaching, research, performance, and community service.
The University is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment, where differences are welcomed and valued. As our communities and workplaces become increasingly more diverse, understanding the perspectives of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences is an important requirement for working together in order to take full advantage of an inclusive community.
“It is understood that the definition of diversity is ever changing and is constantly being ratified. Diversity encompasses the presence and participation of people who differ by age, color, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation; and includes those with disabilities and from various socio-economic backgrounds. It encompasses not only individuals and groups, but also thoughts and attitudes. The fabric of diversity at our University must be woven in thought and in experience, within a climate where diverse views are welcomed and respected and where there is a commonality that comes from working together to effect constructive change.”
The Report of the Diversity Action Committee of the University of Connecticut
Board of Trustees, April, 16, 2002