Diversity Plan Principles

Elizabethtown College is committed to valuing and fostering the diversity reflected in our life together and in the world beyond our campus. We strive to ensure that the members of the community—students, faculty, staff, and administrators—are diverse in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, age and national origin. We also seek to provide our community members, especially our students, with educational opportunities, programs, and services that are multicultural in content and expressive of a diverse life of experiences and worldviews that underrepresented groups bring to the learning environment.

The College’s commitment to maintaining and growing a diverse community of education is an integral part of principled efforts to achieve academic excellence and to educate our students for service to humanity and the world. Guided by this commitment, this Diversity Plan affirms the following three principles:

Diversity in our educational life promotes learning and academic excellence.

One of the most significant practices required for achieving academic excellence is direct engagement with multiple sources of knowledge, worldviews, experiences, and skills. A truly liberal—and excellent—education is neither parochial in content nor singular in perspective but comprehensive in its attention to the rich facts, insights, and attributes of our diverse social world.

Diversity in our social life prepares us to participate in a global community.

Familiarity with the diverse identities, beliefs, and practices found in our global community provides a strong foundation for undertaking effective and constructive work in the world beyond our campus. We serve our community members well not by creating a campus marked by uniformity and unanimity but by offering them the social diversity that is characteristic of our increasingly interdependent world.

Diversity in our campus life models our institutional commitment to social justice, human dignity, and peace.

By becoming a diverse community, we provide access and equal opportunities for individuals and communities who have long been excluded from mainstream society. And this allows us to create the understanding of difference that is required for building a just and peaceful world.