Diversity and Inclusion (D&I):
Diversity at FAMU is recognizing that our student body comes from all over the world with differences in economic, political, social, and other backgrounds. We will embrace the factors that may cause both human similarities and differences. Some of the factors that cause the human differences are age, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, physical ability or attributes, religion, sexual orientation, social class, values, and a host of others.
Inclusion at FAMU is recognizing our University as “one body” where every student is a human being and will be treated with the utmost respect and dignity regardless of our differences.
Why is it important to understand D&I?
Diversity and Inclusion are more than just saying that you are committed, support, and embrace diversity or that you tolerate differences. Diversity and Inclusion mean that you:
- Respect, appreciate and understand the varying characteristics of individuals.
- Recognize that everyone is unique and that no one person is representative of an entire group of people.
- Will create a warm welcoming and hospitable atmosphere to those who are in some way different from the majority group.
- Value and demand respectful actions honor cultural traditions and will address the emerging needs of under-represented groups of students.
What are the benefits of supporting D&I?
- Helps students develop the skills they need to communicate respectfully with their peers, reduce unconscious bias, help stop bullying on campus, and other negative activities.
- Help students understand cultural diversity and their responsibilities under the student handbook and the law. Understand Diversity terminologies and dialogues.
- Teaches students strategies for safely practicing bystander intervention.
- Creates an atmosphere of inclusion and respect that leads to high morale and creativity.
- Improves student retention by teaching students how to create an inclusive atmosphere free of micro-aggressions, stereotypes, discrimination, and etc.
- In a world with rapidly changing demographics, students need to understand diversity issues. This will better prepare students for the work environments after graduation. And what expect from Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Diversity related issues.