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About Inclusion and Diversity

Inclusion and Diversity (ID) Council, advances the mission of Nova Southeastern University by helping to facilitate the infusion of inclusive consciousness and behavior within the entire NSU community and beyond.  Our goal is to promote and support a range of services and programs that enhance inclusive excellence.

Who we are

We are a coalition of NSU administrators, faculty, staff, students, alums, non-NSU community members, who make a positive impact in student success and inclusive excellence at NSU.

The Inclusion and Diversity Council was organized by Dean Honggang Yang and Dr. Debra Nixon in 2006 as part of the Campus Climate initiative “Do Something Different.”  The group’s primary objective was to invite a campus-wide change in behavior related to diversity matters. Over successive years, the group devoted increased attention to the management of diversity—inclusion, and emerged as the “ID” or Inclusion and Diversity Council, giving inclusion primacy in focus. 

To cultivate a university learning community that embraces diversity and celebrates multiculturalism by inspiring individuals to promote inclusion.

The Inclusion and Diversity (ID) Council seeks to create a new consciousness across campuses focused on inclusion and global multiculturalism and promotes behaviors that demonstrate this new consciousness. By modeling inclusive excellence through making connections, creating forums, and encouraging dialogues, we contribute towards a safe, campus community where diversity is honored, invited, and celebrated. Our goal is to make our differences a channel of celebration and an opportunity to pool resources and talents to create a healthier, more unified and aware university community. 

The following statement was originally drafted by the faculty of the Department of Family Therapy in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. NSU’s ID Council has adopted it (with some modifications), as reflecting the broader guiding ideals of the Council and NSU as a whole.

Our programs and workplaces are guided by the principles of inclusion, diversity, and affirmative practices in the classroom, coursework, as well as all professional and collegial relationships and interactions. We are committed to training our students and interacting with  fellow university employees in a manner that is respectful of and sensitive to religious/spiritual beliefs, cultural traditions and practices, gender identities and in all areas that distinguish individuals. Our goal is to be self-reflexive practitioners, holding ourselves accountable for our commitment to our principles.

We further strive to train students and encourage colleagues to respond to each other with the same honor and respect. Subsequently, we expect students and employees will treat fellow students, staff, and clients accordingly. We stress a commitment to servicing populations in an affirmative, supportive and competent manner including but not limited to underprivileged, minority, and socially oppressed groups, ethnic, racial, religious groups, LGBTQ individuals, foreign nationals, individuals with different levels of ability both physical and mental, as well as individuals of various genders, ages and socioeconomic and relationship statuses.

Ultimately, we believe that individual belief systems and values should be respected but that those belief systems and values do not hinder our professional practices.

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