The Educational Benefits of Diversity
Texas A&M University's mission statement affirms that we "welcome and seek to serve persons of all racial, ethnic, and geographic groups, women and men alike, as we address the needs of an increasingly diverse population and a global economy," and that we pledge to "prepare students to assume roles in leadership, responsibility, and service to society." To fulfill this mission we must make thoughtful and intentional decisions about diversity and inclusion by cultivating diverse teaching and learning environments. We believe that diversity, in its many dimensions, provides significant educational benefits to our students, the university, and society at large. An explicit acknowledgement that such diversity enhances academic excellence is a crucial first step.