The University has adopted a new Vision and Values Statement that communicates the University’s shared goals and principles, including a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Statement originated from the Vision and Values Committee, a group composed of faculty, students, and staff. The committee received a great deal of feedback from the University community and drafted a statement that was reviewed and unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2018.
President Feldman charged Maggie Cousin, assistant vice provost for diversity, and Joan Saab, vice provost of academic affairs, to co-chair a Vision and Values Implementation Committee that will integrate Vision and Values into the life of the University. They are working closely with the Vision and Values drafting committee, the University Diversity and Equity Council, and the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia to ensure the broadest possible dissemination and impact.
Ultimately the statement will guide ongoing work to review and revise University policies and procedures. The statements will also anchor and give meaning to education and training around diversity, equity, and inclusion by tying them to commonly held values, and help the University strengthen a culture of respect.
READ THE VISION AND VALUES STATEMENT