|About||Official University of Alabama in Huntsville's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion|
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion's fundamental mission is to facilitate the development, implementation and incorporation of programs, policies and practices that advance the educational benefits that flow from a diverse administration, faculty, staff and student body. Programmatic initiatives promote, cultivate and support respect for differences of culture, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, race and ethnicity. ODEI actively supports a core value of the university-Inclusiveness and Diversity – and is committed to a campus environment that honors the individual, celebrates differences and fosters equal opportunities.
ODEI creates and supports an optimal learning and working environment through diverse collaborations that focus on EEO concerns, Affirmative Action directives and reporting, Title IX initiatives and campus and community diversity outreach programming. ODEI incentivizes, rewards, and supports efforts to advance academic and community endeavors that enhance diversity across the UAH campus and in the surrounding communities and publics it serves.
What is diversity?
The word diversity is a broad term that refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Examples of such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities / disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, citizenship, family status, political views, military experience, and geographic region. Alone, diversity is a description, but when used as a concept to drive equity, diversity becomes a practice of valuing all humanity; a means of increasing access and inclusion; a framework for creating a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members; and an individual and collective responsibility for combating prejudice and discrimination through a gained understanding of these issues during our education, training, and engagement with others. At UAH, we embrace diversity as the key to our sustainable and progressive future.-UAH ODMA website