In simplest terms, diversity means "difference." In today's world, diversity is a social concept relating to the "differences" among people--differences like race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religious beliefs, political beliefs, marital status, physical abilities, etc. Diversity also involves exploring these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions found within these differences. The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance of and respect for our differences, and appreciating that it is our differences that makes each of us special and unique.
The goal of Saginaw Valley State University and the Office of Diversity Programs is to have the campus community accept and embrace the many diverse cultures and backgrounds that surround all of us, not only at SVSU but throughout the community, the region, the nation, and the world. It is through this acceptance of each other's differences that knowledge truly begins.
The Office of Diversity Programs takes great pride in providing students and faculty with quality experiences through training and workshops, guest speakers, cultural celebrations and other resources to broaden their knowledge of diversity.
As a regional, state-supported institution of higher education, Saginaw Valley State University is committed to providing intellectual and cultural opportunities that enrich the lives of the residents of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland (known as the Great Lakes Bay Region).
The Title IX Resource Guide on Sexual Harassment/Assault, adopted in 2012, aims to provide the campus community with the role and functions of a Title IX Coordinator and Title IX requirements as outlined in the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence.
The Office of Diversity Programs is committed to building an inclusive campus that produces social harmony, cultural competency, and learning vitality.
The purpose of the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship is to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in post-secondary education.
There are numerous opportunities for community members in the Great Lakes Bay Region to share in creating a diverse and inclusive environment on campus, in the workplace and in their personal lives.
The GLBRYLI provides an opportunity for SVSU mentors and high school leaders from diverse racial, cultural, and socioeconomic communities to gain valuable leadership training; plus the opportunity to acquire new skills that will help them lead in any community improvement projects.