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The Institutional Inclusion Web site provides information on Arizona State University's diversity plan and links to units and resources at ASU and in the broader community.
Diversity is defined in terms of representation and inclusion. Representation reflects the extent to which our students, staff, faculty and administrators proportionately reflect the regional and national populations served by our public institution. Inclusion encompasses empowerment and voice among all members of the university community in the areas of scholarship, teaching, learning and governance. We recognize that race/ethnicity and gender historically have been markers of diversity in institutions of higher education; we further believe that diversity includes additional categories such as socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, nationality and intellectual perspective.
The excerpt below is from "Diversity Plan: Building Blocks for Success Through People, Programming and Policies," Office of the Executive Vice President and University Provost. Arizona State University.
“We have to learn how to communicate and teach between all ethnic and cultural perspectives. Not with a dominant cultural perspective and marginal alternative cultural perspectives, but across all of these. We have not figured out how to do this. We need to embrace cultural diversification in America and change the culture of the university as a critical first step.”
ASU President Michael M. Crow
(remarks delivered at the 2004 Educating for a Diverse
America: A Summit and Symposium, Austin, TX)