Defining Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

FIU is a student-centered public research university strongly focused on learning, research, entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity. As such, FIU is committed to ensuring that a diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, genders, political and religious beliefs, physical and learning differences, sexual orientations and identities thrive on our campuses and within our community.

To the extent that ‘diversity’ is defined as “including or involving people from a range of different backgrounds,” our approach is to facilitate that inclusion while ensuring all constituents have a sense of ‘belonging’ within the organization. Our approach recognizes this is no easy feat, as diversity of thought and background factor into one’s socio-cultural responses. We recognize our responsibility to foster an open, welcoming, and inclusive environment of belonging where students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community of all backgrounds can collaboratively learn and work. Diversity enriches our university community and is a driving force that is instrumental to our institutional success and fulfillment of the university’s mission.

To that end, we are committed to educating through brave space dialogues, action-oriented facilitation, programs/workshops, and continual communication campaigns that emphasize a simple concept. 

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