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 Katie Stygles, Interim Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer:
In alignment with Bowling Green State University’s statement affirming diversity and belonging, the Division of Diversity and Belonging is here to serve students, faculty and staff in our pursuit of “understand[ing] and embrac[ing] diversity by breaking down barriers to meaningful participation to ensure that individuals are treated with dignity.” We aspire for BGSU to be a place where all members of our community feel a sense of belonging.
This division is home to the Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQA+ Programs, TRIO Programs, the Center for Women and Gender Equity, Gender Violence Prevention and Education Services, the Office of Title IX, and the Office of Equity and Compliance. Each department offers programs and services for all members of our community.
Diversity and Belonging is also home to a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives including but not limited to the Diversity and Belonging Council, Beyond the Dream in partnership with the work of many areas and the Affinity and University Resource Groups.
Together, as a public university for the public good, we can contribute to respect, understanding and valuing one another so that all people truly belong.
In gratitude and solidarity,
Katie Stygles, Ph.D.
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
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Updated: 01/10/2024 03:35PM