BGSU Falcons are making a difference every day, whether it's contributing to the fight against COVID-19, teaching the next generation of leaders or speaking up against social injustices. We're leading the conversations and working on our mission of being a public university for the public good.


Bowling Green State University values diversity as essential to improving the human condition. Diversity and inclusion immeasurably enriches all that we do to engage, understand, and respect individuals. Within our community, the diversity of identities and life experiences determines how we perceive and contribute to society. We acknowledge that diversity has not always been understood or embraced in our society, yet, at BGSU, we will strive to understand and embrace diversity by breaking down barriers to meaningful participation to ensure that individuals are treated with dignity. As a community, we commit to advance this culture through a comprehensive strategy and diversity plan that focuses on the recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse student body, faculty, staff, and administration.

As a public university for the public good, our bedrock commitment to diversity and belonging requires mutual respect, understanding, and valuing individuals to facilitate a more diverse and inclusive environment so all can belong.

Download the Diversity and Belonging Comprehensive Strategy and Plan (PDF)

Division of Diversity and Belonging

The Division of Diversity and Belonging promotes a campus climate that fosters an inclusive environment for all. "Our hope is to continue to build a campus climate that fosters an inclusive environment that promotes and nurtures diversity, empowers and supports people, and builds up a community where all are welcomed, valued and affirmed." ~ Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer Jennifer McCary 

Read more of McCary's message to the University

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LGBTQ+ Resources

"You're probably getting a little nervous about college next year. Let me reassure you that BGSU is welcoming to all students. I know this first hand because I identify with the LGBTQA+ community, and I am especially familiar with how nerve-wracking the transition into new environments can be for a new student. Before moving into BGSU, I attended my Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) date the summer before starting classes. While sitting in my first information session, the orientation leaders had us go around the room and introduce ourselves with our name and pronouns. Although my pronouns are the same as those assigned to me at birth, the simple act of the leaders normalizing this action was my first cue that BG was an inclusive and safe space." ~ Sophia Llamas, She/Her/Hers

Learn more about LGBTQ+ resources and support  

In the NEWS

Students, professors and events in the news:

Graphic design senior thesis project teaches about microaggressions

Gyona Rice '20 creates Mind Your Speech Campaign. ~ By Julie Carle  

Gyona Rice '20 creates Mind Your Speech Campaign

BGSU Student Featured in Ohio Governor's Daily Briefing

Xavi Boes shared his experience as a college student during COVID-19. ~ By Colleen Rerucha '06

Xavi Boes interview by Governor Mike DeWine

BGSU Pathway Program Paves the Way for Prospective Students

Program allows future students, who may not meet usual admissions criteria, opportunity to attend BGSU. ~ By Meredith Troxel ‘20

Physical and health education major Noah Prunty

A Musical Journey to African-American String Band Tradition

Joseph Johnson, '20, B.M. Saxophone Performance and B.M. World Music. ~ By Colleen Rerucha '06

Saxophone performance major Joseph Johnson

Class of 2020 Success Story: Student-athletes Wrap Up Exceptional Collegiate Careers

Diver and gymnast represent the best of Falcon Athletics. ~ By Emma Powers

Talisa Lemke (left) and Jovannah East (right)

Class of 2020 Success Story: A Passion for Planning Events Led Shalynne Owens to BGSU

As long as Shalynne Owens can remember, she’s always loved to plan events. She even threw parties for her dolls when she was a kid. ~ By Bob Cunningham ’18

Tourism hospitality and event management major Shalynne Owens

Class of 2020 Success Story: BGSU College of Business Grad has Data Stacked in Her Favor

With two internships at Eaton and one on the way at O-I, the sky's the limit for Jazzmin Speziali ~ By Bob Cunningham ’18

College of Business graduate Jazzmin Seziali

BGSU to Host 'Day of Dialogue' on Friday, Sept. 18

Event to bring together students, faculty, staff, alumni and community to discuss racial issues. ~ By Matt Markey ‘76

Dr. McKinley E. Melton, associate professor of English at Gettysburg College

Class of 2020 Success Story: Political science major utilizes multiple opportunities to grow as a leader at BGSU

Kyron Smith of Michigan finds an extended family in Bowling Green. ~ By Sue Sweeney

Political science major Kyron Smith

BGSU Learning Communities Thriving

Undergraduate students at Bowling Green State University have the opportunity to take the “Belong” in “Belong. Stand out. Go far” even further by choosing to be part of a learning community. ~ By Bonnie Blankinship

Chapman Learning Community students on the Veteran Assessment and Service Team

BGSU Professor Parlays Lifetime of Potential into Ways to Develop Others 

A poet turned his love of writing into a career in helping fight world poverty through improvements in communications. ~ Roger Lapointe, Sentinel-Tribune Staff Writer

BGSU professor Ewart Skinner | Photo by J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune

Students Discuss How to be an Ally and Advocate to LGBTQ+ Community

With queer and trans culture becoming more prevalent in the United States, the question of how people can be allies and advocates to the LGBTQ+ community has also become more prevalent. ~ Mary Ross, BG Falcon Media

Animated graphics of people with LGBTQ+ symbols over their head


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