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Information for Cultural Diversity and Inclusion

Message from our Chancellor 

"When we speak about ‘diversity,’ it includes race, ethnicity, gender, religion, cultural background, national origin, and more. South University’s staff, faculty and students are vastly diverse yet united in a mosaic of service to our communities, the advancement of learning, and supporting one another’s achievement of life goals. I deeply believe one of the most important benefits of South University’s diverse human mosaic is that collectively, it makes possible a greater understanding than what is knowable by any individual on their own.

Yet, this moment brings forward a new and urgent opportunity for each of us to sow the seeds of change if we are to truly experience the growth of equality and equity represented in the mosaic described above. We must individually renew our responsibility to practice the “golden rule” every day."

Purpose & Mission

Purpose Statement:

The primary role of the Council is to connect Diversity and Inclusion activities to a broader academic and institutional practice. This will result in an oriented strategy that supports real institutional change and helps to establish dedicated focus on Diversity and Inclusion priorities to build an environment that helps students and employees thrive. This Council will provide a platform for assessing the effectiveness of the Diversity and Inclusion function, while introducing reform when needed.

Mission Statement: 

The South University Council for Diversity and Inclusion's mission is to foster innovative actions that create an inclusive work environment that values the contributions of all students and employees. The goal of the Council is to help support a student body and workforce that reflects and embraces the gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, economic status, physical ability, as well as the religious, political, and cultural views of the university community. To create a culture where South University students, faculty and staff feel and know they are accepted, included and valued for who they are as human beings.  

 

Goals

1. Create a University that is welcoming and respectful of differences and equal access.

2. Recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse population.

3. Hire and retain a diverse workforce. 

4. Create environments for student learning that is culturally inclusive and sensitive.  

5. Incorporate diversity and inclusivity in teaching, learning, and researching. 

6. Create new partnerships and enhance existing ones that support the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

Strategic Plans 2020-2021

1. Communication (newsletter, media and website)

2. Curriculum (teaching methods and professional development) 

3. Hire, recruitment, and retention 

South University Policies

Equal Opportunity Statement:
South University is an equal opportunity university open to any qualified individual without regard to race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, genetic marker or any other basis protected by law. Pursuant to all applicable state, local or federal antidiscrimination laws and regulations, South University does not discriminate against any of the protected categories of individuals in the administration of its policies, programs or activities. This nondiscriminatory policy includes admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices, and all other university administered programs.

Disability Services:
South University provides accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. Disability
Services assists qualified students with disabilities in acquiring reasonable and appropriate accommodations and in supporting equal access to services, programs and activities at
South University.

Students who seek reasonable accommodations should notify the designated representative at their location of their specific limitations and, if known, their specific requested accommodations. Students will be asked to supply medical documentation of the need for accommodation. Classroom accommodations are not retroactive, but are effective only upon the student sharing approved accommodations with the instructor. Therefore, students are encouraged to request accommodations as early as feasible with The Office of
Disability Support Services to allow time to gather necessary documentation. If you have
a concern or complaint in this regard, please contact the Campus Director or President.
Complaints will be handled in accordance with the school's Internal Grievance Procedure for
Complaints of Discrimination and Harassment.

Non-Discrimination Policy:
South University does not discriminate or harass on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, religion, veteran's status, genetic marker, or any other characteristic protected by state, local or federal law, in our programs and activities. South University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. South University will not retaliate against persons bringing foreword allegations of harassment or discrimination. The campus Dean of Student Affairs has been designated to handle, inquire and coordinate the campus' compliance efforts regarding the Non-Discrimination policy.

Contact Information & Resources

How to Contact South University Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Council 
_SU CDI@southuniversity.edu  

Diversity and Inclusion Library Guides

South University Online Library has Diversity and Inlcusion resources for student, staff and faculty at https://southuniversity-libguides-com.su.idm.oclc.org/c.php?g=1082602&p=8026291

These resources includes Books, Background Information, Databases, websites, journals, and videos to help everyone learn about Diversity and Inclusion.

Council on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion

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