University of Delaware

Advancing Inclusive Excellence

Our University is committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive campus that reflects our collective views, experiences, capabilities, cultures, aspirations, and ultimately our commitment to excellence.

Educational communities are enriched by the contributions and full participation of people from different backgrounds.

We strive to:

  • Increase the racial and cultural diversity of its students, faculty and staff.
  • Create a climate that expects and encourages all members of the University community to respect and appreciate individual and cultural differences.
  • Promote equity for people of different backgrounds throughout all areas of University life.
  • Develop organizational practices that include the participation and perspectives of these groups.
  • Enhance the curriculum by including the contributions and perspectives of different races, cultures and gender

Status Report 2016-’17

One of the hallmarks of a great institution is its ability to harness the extraordinary gifts and talents of its diverse citizenry to do extraordinary things in our communities that change the world.

Inclusive Excellence, as a practice, ensures that we as an institution continue to cultivate an environment at UD that promotes student success and the holistic development of faculty and staff. Diversity is a core value and guiding principle for the University of Delaware’s educational mission as we work to prepare students to live in an increasingly interconnected and diverse world. We are committed to building an inclusive educational community, one whose excellence is based not only on stellar disciplinary achievement, but also on understanding people from different backgrounds and circumstances, with different needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. We work hard to make all people who are part of the University feel welcomed and valued in campus life.

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Campus Highlights

Diversity Award to UD

Honor recognizes outstanding commitment to diversity, inclusion The University of Delaware has been presented the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in…

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Climate Survey Forum

Using data to improve climate, bolster research The University of Delaware ADVANCE Institute will host a panel discussion on the results of the 2016 Faculty Climate Survey on Sept. 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be held in Smith Hall, room 140. Anyone…

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DACA Program

Dear UD community, Today, the White House announced that the Department of Homeland Security will begin winding down the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). According to the announcement, no new applications for this program will be accepted, and…

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Family and friends of Heather Heyer

To the Campus Community, The University of Delaware extends its sympathies to the families and friends of Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who lost their lives in connection with the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., last…

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Change Agents

Gabrielle Foreman, PhD, Colored Conventions Faculty Director and Co-Founder The Colored Conventions Project team is comprised of a diverse group of dedicated and energetic scholars, graduate student leaders, librarians and undergraduate researchers at the University…

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Advocates of the Month

Chief Diversity Advocates This month’s featured chief diversity advocate is Julie Brewer, Associate University Librarian for Human Resources and Organizational Development, University of Delaware Library and Museums. Her role is to continually assess and integrate…

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Engaging with our Community

Engaged, dedicated, loyal and enthusiastic are some of the adjectives that describe the University of Delaware community.

The University plays an integral role in Newark and the state of Delaware, working to better the community with service projects, research benefiting local agencies and industries, and public outreach throughout the state.

Among the University’s greatest strengths is its long and vibrant tradition of public service. In a recent national survey, 75 percent of UD students indicated that they participated in community service by the time they were seniors. In 2015, UD was recognized with the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

UD is the place to hear world-renowned speakers, enjoy first-rate music and theatre, cheer on Fightin’ Blue Hens teams and see compelling exhibits, all of which complement the rich academic experience.

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We Are Diversity

Diversity on campus benefits all students. We know that being around people from diverse backgrounds fosters innovation and encourages collaboration. Increased racial diversity on campus is positive, and results in higher levels of academic achievement and contributes to the improvement of intergroup relations.

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