Allegheny College & Diversity
Published: Nov 13, 2017
A Message from the Dean of Institutional Diversity:
Statement of Community
"Allegheny students and employees are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that will actively confront and challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of harassment and discrimination. We encourage individual growth by promoting a free exchange of ideas in a setting that values diversity, trust and equality. So that the right of all to participate in a shared learning experience is upheld, Allegheny affirms its commitment to the principles of freedom of speech and inquiry, while at the same time fostering responsibility and accountability in the exercise of these freedoms. This statement does not replace existing personnel policies and codes of conduct."
Allegheny College’s deep commitment to diversity was re-affirmed by the Board of Trustees and senior leadership in the Combinations 2020 Strategic Plan (2009). In the plan “Global and Local Diversity” was identified as a strategic priority with an emphasis on four main goals:
- Diversify the campus and curriculum
- Internationalize the campus and curriculum
- Promote study away
- Expand scholarships for high-achieving students of limited means
Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations).
The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.
The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.