Diversity Statement and Goals
We value diversity because it enriches our community and the myriad experiences that characterize an Ithaca College education.
Diversity encompasses multiple dimensions, including but not limited to race, culture, nationality, ethnicity, religion, ideas, beliefs, geographic origin, class, sexual orientation, gender, disability, and age. We are dedicated to addressing current and past injustices and promoting excellence and equity.
Ithaca College continually strives to build an inclusive and welcoming community of individuals with diverse talents and skills from a multitude of backgrounds who are committed to civility, mutual respect, social justice, and the free and open exchange of ideas. We commit ourselves to change, growth, and action that embrace diversity as an integral part of the educational experience and of the community we create.
History of the IC Diversity Statement
In 2009, a committee was brought together to help develop a Diversity Strategic Plan for the college. The committee quickly realized the need for a strong statement that would communicate the college's understanding of the importance of diversity to the education of IC students and the vitality of the college itself.
When the committee proposed their Diversity Strategic Plan in the summer of 2010, they included the diversity statement seen above, with the added intent that it also serve as a guide for the college in their ongoing and future efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive campus community.
In 2009-2010, the Diversity Strategic Planning Committee was composed of faculty and staff who conducted research, examined best practices, and sought campus feedback to identify the following diversity goals for Ithaca College:
- Increase underrepresented ALANA student enrollment
- Increase international student enrollment
- Increase the graduation rate for underrepresented ALANA students to match the six-year graduation rate of their counterparts
- Carry out a Campus Climate Survey for students, faculty, and staff on a regular basis and use the results to inform diversity initiatives across campus
- Increase the number and retention of underrepresented ALANA faculty and staff
- Ensure that student learning outcomes focused on diversity are incorporated into every student’s program of study (through the major, minor, general education curriculum, graduation requirement, or general elective) and are assessed
- Develop/implement staff/faculty professional development opportunities related to diversity
- Improve the student life/residence hall experience for ALANA/LGBT students
- Create a physical campus environment that recognizes and celebrates diversity
- Develop specific initiatives for achieving universal access and meeting the needs of students with disabilities in and out of the classroom
- Increase the number and retention of international faculty and staff