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Ithaca College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

Ithaca College is situated on  Haudenosaunee (Cayuga) land, and endeavors to serve as a good-faith steward of this land by honoring and building relationships with its protectors—past, present, and future. We acknowledge and seek to rectify this harrowing history by actively cultivating a diverse, accessible, equitable, and inclusive 21st-century learning community.  

We strive every day  to make our institution accessible, student-ready, inclusive, and equitable, particularly for those who have been impacted by systemic disadvantages, marginalization, and exclusion.  

We commit ourselves  to pursuing growth, change, and action grounded in the  American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)  model of inclusive excellence, a framework specifically designed to ensure student learning, belongingness, and success.  

We share responsibility and accountability  for advancing  diversity,  equity, and  inclusion,  in all its forms, beginning with the recruitment, retention, and empowerment of  students, staff, and faculty  from historically underrepresented and underserved communities.  

We maintain that our institutional strength  and vibrancy is derived from the varied knowledge of our students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, Board of Trustees, and community partners; and so we strive to build a curriculum and campus culture that reflects our lives as members of multiple intersecting communities, experiences, identities, and abilities.  

We thrive on  the free and open exchange of ideas and work hard to foster an intentional  community  of mutual respect—one rooted in collaborative dialogue and challenging intellectual discourse- while  asserting that prejudice and  discrimination  serve only as hinderances to  our  learning.  Ithaca College does not condone and will not tolerate any form of discrimination.   

We know that  honest dialogue around diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility can be challenging and uncomfortable, but we hold that it is necessary in preparing our students for success in an ever-evolving global society.  We invite you to join the conversation.   

Founded as a music conservatory, our institution was forged by those who dedicated their lives to the pursuit of proficiency and  excellence in a universal language.  To this aim, the college has always stood on three core pillars of instruction: theory, practice, and performance. These interrelated pedagogical structures, in concert with the College’s evolving values as a school of liberal arts, provide a foundation for individual and community success as we move toward a more just future and inclusive future.