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University of Delaware | DIVERSITY STATEMENTTop Colleges for Diversity

As prepared by the Diversity and Equity Commission and The President’s Diversity Initiative

The University of Delaware’s educational mission is to prepare students to live in an increasingly interconnected and diverse world. To do so, we are committed to fostering a robust educational environment that supports critical thinking, free inquiry, and an understanding of diverse views and values. We see diversity as a core value and guiding principle for our educational mission and thus must work to make diversity an integral part of everyday life on campus. To this end, we take diversity to mean both the recognition and appreciation of the different backgrounds, values, and ideas of those who comprise our campus, as well as a commitment to ensuring that all people on our campus are treated according to principles of fairness, civility, dignity, and equity. We are committed to building an educational community that understands people from different backgrounds and economic circumstances, with different needs, and from diverse personal and philosophical beliefs. We want to make all people who are part of the University feel welcome and valued in campus life.


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Promoting an Inclusive Campus Climate

Fatimah Conley has been promoted to the position of interim chief diversity officer (CDO) at the University effective immediately.

Inclusive Programs Show Resilience

Students with disabilities, staff adjust to remote learning amid coronavirus

James Jones discusses the challenges of diversity

Racism is wrong. Clearly, objectively, patently wrong. Which means its opposite — embracing and promoting diversity — must be right.

Redding Lecture 2020

The event on March 3 featured interactive courtroom drama, ‘Defamation’

2019 Students of Distinction

Dinner celebrates high-achieving students of color and their mentors

Events Around Campus

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.

Community Engagement

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

Equity and Inclusion

“To move forward, we must continue to embrace this university’s commitment to a diverse campus that reflects the cultures, views, experiences, hopes and dreams of our society as a whole. Each of us—with our unique talents and perspectives—is an essential part of what makes this University so vital and vibrant.”



Diversity Action Plan