Benefits of Diversity & Inclusion

What does a relevant and meaningful 21st century public research university look like?

It is first and foremost a university that is accessible to an increasingly diverse student body, providing every student opportunities to learn with the best minds in the country and to participate in cutting-edge research.  It is an engine for economic development and workforce training in a global marketplace.  It is a place that prepares students to be successful in a rapidly changing, interconnected society where professional and personal interactions take place amidst myriad communities of difference.

How do you build a 21st century public research university?

You use an empirically-based approach to recruit and retain diverse students, faculty, and staff, while also intentionally and actively creating a specific set of opportunities to use this diversity to enhance learning and performance for the entire campus community.

What are the hallmarks of excellence at a 21st century public research university?

There are many rewards to studying and working in a diverse and inclusive community of scholars like the one you will find at the UA. You will be encouraged to consider new approaches and develop previously unconsidered knowledge in response to some of our society’s most demanding problems. You will engage with students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds in ways that challenge you to increase your critical thinking, complex problem solving, and intercultural communication skills, all necessary for success in a global marketplace. You will experience a campus discourse that reflects a sophisticated understanding of the concrete benefits of diversity and inclusion.

Learn more about what research has found to be the specific benefits of diversity and inclusion by exploring the pages in this section of the website.

What are the definitions of diversity and inclusion?
How do diverse and inclusive learning environments benefit students?
What are the benefits of faculty diversity?
What are the challenges of creating a diverse and inclusive campus?
How do you manage diversity to create inclusion and excellence?