Commitment to Diversity


Establish diversity as a core value in the College of Human Sciences

Definition of Diversity

Diversity at Auburn University encompasses the whole of human experience and includes such human qualities as race, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, nationality, age, religion, sexual orientation, economic status and veteran status. These and other socially and historically important attributes reflect the complexity of our increasingly diverse student body, local community and national population.

Auburn University recognizes and values the considerable educational benefits emanating from diversity as we prepare our students for life and leadership in a multicultural world. Students who interact with and learn about people from a variety of backgrounds are more apt to understand, appreciate and excel in the community they inhabit. In this context, diversity is aligned with Auburn University’s land grant mission of providing its students with a superior education in service to the needs of Alabama, the nation and the world.

College of Human Sciences Strategic Diversity Plan

Belief Statements

The College of Human Sciences is distinguished by a commitment to the integration of the following quality of life premises:

  • Quality of life is a function of the relationship between people and their environments.
  • Global issues impact the well-being of individuals, families, and communities locally and worldwide.
  • Human diversity generates a dynamic force for progress.
  • Stewardship of the earth's human and natural resources is the responsibility of each generation.
  • Philanthropy is vital to solving social problems and improving quality of life.
  • A genuine commitment to service excellence and lifelong learning is the foundation for organizational and professional success.
  • World-class education is best defined by graduates who are professionally competent, globally aware, and socially engaged.
  • Professional integrity and ethical behavior are best promoted by an integrated set of personal and professional values.
  • Intellectual discovery and the application of knowledge are strengthened through innovative partnerships.
  • Contemporary issues are complex and most effectively addressed by multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches.
  • Next generation technologies are critical to the preparation of students for success in the global, knowledge-based economy.
  • Twenty-first century learning requires that students and faculty reach beyond the classroom to gain practical experiences, an awareness of emerging trends, and a realistic perspective of their place in a rapidly changing world.