Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)

Slippery Rock University is committed to being an inclusive and equitable institution of higher learning for all who live, work and study in our community. And as we pursue continuous improvement in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, we define those terms as follows:

  • Diversity: A range of ideas, opinions, perspectives, experiences and decision-makers across race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, political perspective, and other variables related to life experience.
  • Equity: Equal outcomes through just and fair practices, policies and procedures, particularly for the historically underserved. Disruption and dismantling of any identified institutional barrier or situation that unfairly or unjustly impacts a specific population based on their identity.
  • Inclusion: Cultivating spaces where all individuals can live authentically and feel empowered as they journey towards their full potential. A commitment to supporting each individual’s journey to reach their full potential while existing as their authentic selves. Deliberate efforts to ensure that differences are welcomed and valued, differing perspectives are respectfully and empathically heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging, community, and agency.

At SRU, we envision a University community that empowers individuals, expands opportunities and meaningfully honors all voices in order to cultivate a safe, diverse community and harness its power for change.