Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, Augustana University seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our commitment to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs which further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values that discourage intolerance and discrimination.

The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of Augustana’s activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of the university’s endeavor.

Augustana University is committed to providing equal access to — and participation in — employment opportunities, and in programs and services, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age or disability. The University complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and other applicable laws providing for nondiscrimination against all individuals. The University will provide reasonable accommodations for known disabilities to the extent required by law. Student inquiries or concerns may be directed to the Vice President for Student Services at 605.274.4124, or email Other inquiries or concerns may be directed to the Vice President for Human Resources at 605.274.4110, or email

The implementation of the Commitment to Diversity will rest with the campus community as a whole. The president, in addition to a personal commitment and involvement, may use the Augustana Diversity Committee, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students, as well as other members of the campus community to implement effectively the philosophy and intent of this statement.


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