Valuing Diversity

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In our commitment to expand the recognition and appreciation of diversity, to build equity and encourage an atmosphere of inclusion at Michigan Tech, you will find lists of book, articles and presentations below that can assist you in your understanding and valuing diversity on our campus, in our community, and around the world. By clearly defining what we mean by these terms, we come to better understand how they contribute to the cultural enrichment of both Michigan Tech, and the surrounding community.

As the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) board of directors began its work on the position statement and action plan in 2010, the first step was to clearly define diversity, equity,and inclusion. The board agreed to use the definitions laid out by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

  • Diversity—Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations) that can be engaged in the service of learning.
  • Equity—The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.
  • Inclusion—The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity - in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect - in ways that increase one's awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within [and change] systems and institutions.

Presentations on Diversity

Articles on Diversity

Books on Diversity