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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a majority-minority institution, with students from at least 116 countries around the world, as well as a university recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS). As such, we find ourselves with the unique opportunity to invite all members of our community to learn from and appreciate others and to create a learning community that exemplifies inclusiveness and respect for diversity. We are committed to educating our students, interacting with colleagues, and engaging with our campus community in a manner that is respectful of all cultural traditions and practices, gender identities, sexual orientations, age, religious/spiritual beliefs, and in all areas that distinguish individuals.
As defined by the university, “Diversity includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, philosophy, gender, physical, socioeconomic status, age and sexual orientation. Differences in views, interpretations and reactions derived from diversity are important. Diversity enriches a learning environment focused on preparing individuals to live and work in a global society” (http://www.nova.edu/about/mission.html).
Whereas the word diversity refers to all forms of difference, the term inclusion refers to the act or state of being included. To include is to actively invite presence and participation; diversity defines what we invite: variety. Inclusion represents the interaction, mutual respect, and sense of community among those from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives within a particular environment.