DIVERSITY AND BELONGING STATEMENT
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.
Division of Diversity and Belonging
Message from Jennifer McCary, Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer:
The Division of Diversity & Belonging is here to serve the entire institution. 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.
This division is home to the Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQA+ Programs, TRIO Programs, the Center for Women and Gender Equity, the Center for Violence Prevention and Education, and the Office of Title IX. Each department offers programs and services for students, faculty, and staff.
Diversity & Belonging is also home to a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives including but not limited to the Diversity & Belonging Council, the Student Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion (SACODI), Beyond the Dream in partnership with the work of many areas, and the upcoming University Resource Groups.
To successfully effect change, we have to come together as a university and rely on the commitment and contributions of many individuals across our campuses.
Jennifer McCary, CDP
In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.
– Audre Lorde