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Kimberly_Barrett.jpgThank you for visiting the Division of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement in our home in cyberspace. As Vice President for Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement at Wright State University, my job has two complementary parts: one is to facilitate the university's work directly related to multicultural issues on campus; the other is to promote collaborations with the greater Dayton community. The goals of these collaborations are to serve the greater good, promote an understanding of the diversity that exists in our community and provide experiential learning opportunities for students—experiences that help keep the learning they do in the classroom relevant and personally meaningful. Desired outcomes for our work related to multicultural issues are to recruit and retain a student body, staff and faculty who reflect our region and broader global society; to create an environment on campus free from discrimination in which all are invited to participate fully; and finally, to provide members of our campus community the knowledge and skills they need to be productive, successful and engaged citizens of a diverse, global society.

Creating an environment in which students learn to look at the world critically and compassionately is my ultimate goal. I hope that the information on these pages helps you to partner with me and the staff in the Division to achieve our shared goal of transforming lives with diversity.

Warm Regards,

Kimberly Barrett, Ph.D.

President's Diversity Statement

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Wright State University is committed to the success of its students, faculty, and staff. The supportive environment we provide is designed to encourage the academic pursuits of all members of our university community, including diverse abilities and educational backgrounds; ethnic and cultural heritages; family experiences and economic means; physical and learning differences; geographically mobile and place bound circumstances; and career and life aspirations.

Our shared objective is to forge this diversity into an environment of shared academic excellence. We recognize that the success of each individual strengthens our community. Thus all members of our university community, whether students, employees, or both, must have a full and equal opportunity to develop and utilize their potential.

The University thus firmly rejects discrimination on the basis of race, sex (including gender identity/expression), color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, genetic (DNA) information, veteran status, military status, or sexual orientation because such discrimination both subverts academic freedom and inherently undermines the full utilization of abilities and potential on which the university’s shared pursuit of excellence is based.

A key element of the university’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for transforming the lives of the students and communities we serve. Mindful of that mission and our responsibility to teach by example, we will maintain high ethical standards in all of our relationships and activities through open communication, trust, professionalism, and a spirit of collaboration.

Since Wright State is a public institution, our commitment to pursue academic excellence through full and equal opportunity is fundamental to our existence as a university. That commitment will be most effectively implemented with the full support and generosity of spirit which characterizes a collegial organization at its best.

It is therefore the policy of Wright State University not only to avoid discrimination, but to go further. The university will act affirmatively to identify and eliminate any artificial barriers that may exclude or impede members of certain groups in their pursuit of excellence. Such affirmative action will address the treatment of persons who are already members of the university community, as well as applicants for admission or employment.

It is therefore important that each of us make a personal commitment to join in our shared pursuit of these twin goals: vigorous pursuit of academic excellence through shared full and equal opportunity. Thank you for joining in this enterprise.

David R. Hopkins
President
June 2010

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