Diversity and Inclusion


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At Transylvania we take pride in working very hard at becoming a fully inclusive and diverse campus. As firm believers in the immense benefits of a liberal arts education, we strive to provide our students with the best resources at our disposal in order to equip them for a productive and happy future. This entails not only providing them with a first rate formal education assisted by a highly ranked faculty from diverse backgrounds and sensitive to their students' needs, but also striving to prepare them for their successful participation as members of society.

Our students will excel in their respective fields of knowledge and as citizens who are responsible, compassionate and fair and who are prepared to actively participate in a world that is rich in diversity, where everyone can and should make a valued contribution regardless of any difference of any kind. We are all diversity and we should all be able to contribute our richness and uniqueness to our world.

Mission Statement

One major goal of Transylvania's institutional mission is to "stimulate in students an understanding of themselves and their relation to others in a diverse and ever changing world." Furthermore, we aim to "foster a campus community characterized by compassion, respect, ethical concern, and social responsibility." Given these two objectives and an enduring commitment to diversity, we affirm the following expectations:

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To face the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, Transylvania continually seeks to foster diversity within the campus community.

All members of the university community should develop an inclusive attitude that is grounded in acceptance of and respect for the dignity of all peoples. This affirmation recognizes that each person has unique gifts and talents that are to be embraced and celebrated, thereby strengthening and enriching our community.

We also acknowledge and strive to understand societal power structures that influence the status of underrepresented groups. In our Transylvania community we value the richness that comes from a range of individual differences, including dimensions of age, culture, education, ethnicity, exceptionalities, gender, geographic origin, language, politics, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

In order to create an optimal campus learning environment, Transylvania University expects all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to honor these values.

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