At NDMU, we expect respect for all members of our community. We believe differences should be recognized and celebrated. When we are exposed to the experiences and perspectives of others, we are challenged to think more critically and develop a deeper understanding of the world around us.
Diversity: We define diversity as the scope of our individual differences; incorporating but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.
Inclusion: We define inclusion as participation and empowerment, where fundamental worth and dignity of every member is acknowledged. An inclusive university endorses and maintains a sense of belonging; it values and exercises respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members.
Diversity and inclusion are core values that advise all aspects of Student Life and Academic Affairs, including employment, curricular expansion and program management, staff advancement, and planning.
From the first introduction to life at NDMU, themes of diversity, inclusion, and social justice are woven into the student experience. Activities such as FACTUALITY, an interactive simulation demonstrating structural inequality in America are built into orientation programming. Students also have many opportunities to be introduced to the experiences and perspectives of others through campus speakers and the annual Common Read program.
The University’s non-discrimination and recruitment policies require the development and support of applicant pools that include underrepresented groups. Mission orientation introduces all new employees to the core values of NDMU, including its commitment to diversity and building inclusive communities. Regular diversity trainings are also offered to create awareness and share proactive strategies for confronting implicit biases in the workplace.