The University Presidentís commitment to diversity is not to set specific numerical goals, but to expect each of the Vice Presidents, Deans, and Department Directors to fully comply with the Affirmative Action/EEO Diversity Policies. The expectation is to develop and implement strategies for increasing and maintain racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in their respective areas, and ensure that whenever the choice is between two candidates of equal qualification, the choice be made in favor of the candidate who increases diversity. It also should be noted that progress in this area will be a measureable goal included in their respective performance evaluations.
As a public institution of higher education, Idaho State University has both an extraordinary opportunity and a special responsibility to create and maintain a climate that affirms diversity of persons as well as diversity of views. Diversity is an indispensable component of academic excellence. A commitment to diversity means a commitment to the inclusion, welcome and support of individuals from all groups, encompassing the various characteristics of persons in our community. Among these characteristics are race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disability. As we harness the power of diversity, we will provide students, faculty and staff with a university experience rich in perspectives and in opportunities to learn from each other in the spirit of shared responsibility. Idaho State University should encourage each university unit and student organization, as well as community members to help make its campus a welcoming place for all.